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March 27, 2015

TEXAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION: STATE EMPLOYEES REPORT STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET ON CURRENT PAY

The Texas Public Employees Association’s biennial survey confirms that state employees are willing to share the burden of shoring up the Employees Retirement System pension fund—but many respondents also report struggling to support their families on their current state salaries.

From Texas Public Employees Association


March 27, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CULBERSON: STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF HOUSE BUDGET

Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) released the following statement on this week’s House passage of the Balanced Budget for a Stronger America Act (H.Con.Res. 27): “I supported the House budget because it is designed to cut $5.5 trillion in spending and balance the federal budget in less than 10 years, while giving Congress the tools we need to totally repeal Obamacare and prevent the looming bankruptcy of Medicare and Social Security.

From Representative John Culberson


March 27, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DWAYNE BOHAC: ANNOUNCES HONORARY PAGES FOR 84TH SESSION

State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R- Houston) is pleased to announce the names of the students who will be serving as honorary pages during the 84th Legislative Session. The honorary pages will accompany the Texas House pages to interface with Representatives and staff on the House floor and around the Capitol complex.

From Representative Dwayne Bohac


March 27, 2015

TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: STATEMENT: "DISAPPOINTMENT IS NOT DEFEAT"

Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Austin I. King, MD, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate’s decision to delay until after its Easter recess consideration of the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act that passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming margin on Thursday.

From Texas Medical Association


March 27, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: BILLS BY SEN. RODRIGUEZ TO STRENGTHEN PROTECTIVE ORDERS AND PENALIZE PREDATORS VOTED OUT OF SENATE

The Texas Senate Wednesday passed Senate Bills 147 and 630 by state Sen. José Rodríguez. The bills would add certain types of predatory criminals to categories of people whose penalties are enhanced for violating protective orders, and add to the period of time during which bond conditions in family violence and assault cases apply.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 27, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: FENVES NAMED FINALIST FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has named Gregory L. Fenves the sole finalist for the presidency of The University of Texas at Austin. The regents voted to select Fenves at a special board meeting Friday.

From The University of Texas System


March 27, 2015

TEXAS EXES: STATEMENT FROM SEN. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON ON UT-AUSTIN PRESIDENT FINALIST

"We congratulate the Board of Regents and Chancellor McRaven on selecting Provost Greg Fenves as UT-Austin's next president after a thorough nationwide search.

From Texas Exes


March 27, 2015

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: APPLAUDS SELECTION OF GREG FENVES TO LEAD UT AUSTIN

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement after the UT System Board of Regents selected Gregory L. Fenves, the current provost and executive vice president of UT Austin, as the sole finalist to replace outgoing UT Austin President Bill Powers:

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


March 27, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON FEBRUARY JOBS NUMBERS

The Texas Workforce Commission today announced that Texas added 7,100 jobs in the month of February, with the unemployment dropping to 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in January 2015. Following the release, Governor Abbott issued the following statement:

From Office of the Governor


March 27, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: WE NEED MEANINGFUL ENTITLEMENT REFORM

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the fiscal year 2016 budget resolution: “I congratulate the Senate on its passage of a budget for the first time in years, and I commend my colleagues for their efforts to try to mitigate the unrealistic spending increases and continually expanding deficits proposed by the President,” said Sen. Cruz.

From Senator Ted Cruz


March 27, 2015

A TEXAS ADVISORY COUNCIL ON ARSON: HONORS TEXAS FIRE INVESTIGATORS

A Texas Advisory Council on Arson (ATAC) honored two Texas fire investigators last night for their years of service and accomplishments. The two honored were Azle Fire Marshal Kenneth Wilson and Lt. Lorenzo Chavez, a fire investigator with the Irving Fire Department.

From A Texas Advisory Council on Arson


March 27, 2015

CENTRAL TEXAS WATER COALITION: ORGANIZATION RECOMMENDS WATER POLICY ROADMAP TO TEXAS LEGISLATURE

Reinforcing that recent rains have not solved the state’s continuing water crisis, the Central Texas Water Coalition (CTWC) has released the “Texas Water Crisis: A Policy Roadmap” as a guide to the development of water policies for the future.

From Central Texas Water Coalition


March 27, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: COURT GRANTS GENERAL PAXTON'S REQUEST FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION TO HALT OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSED FMLA RULE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement after a federal district court granted the state’s request for preliminary injunction on the Obama Administration’s attempt to revise the definition of “spouse” in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA):

From Office of the Attorney General


March 26, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT REGARDING EDUCATION VOUCHERS DEBATE IN COMMITTEE TODAY

Today the Senate Committee on Education heard SB 4, SB 276, and SB 642, bills that would essentially take money from public schools to fund private schools. State Sen. José Rodríguez issued the following statement:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TURNER: ETHICS MEASURES AIMED AT INCREASING TRANSPARENCY BY ELECTED OFFICIALS MOVING THROUGH LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

This week, state Representative Chris Turner presented three measures before House committees, all of which would increase ethics and transparency in state government.

From Representative Chris Turner


March 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DUSTIN BURROWS: ANNOUNCES UPCOMING TOWN HALL MEETINGS

State Representative Dustin Burrows has announced that he will be hosting the following Town Hall Meetings on Saturday, March 28th, 2015:

From Representative Dustin Burrows


March 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CULBERSON: BILL FREES STATES FROM OBAMACARE

On the same week that the Administration celebrated the five-year anniversary of Obamacare, Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) introduced the Health Insurance Freedom Act (H.R. 1664), which would allow state insurance commissioners the option of offering insurance plans cancelled as a result of the failed health care law.

From Representative John Culberson


March 26, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: ANNOUNCES LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO RECEIVE OVER $27 MILLION FOR WASTE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Today, the Texas Water Development Board, approved over $27 million for the City of Mission and Agua Special Utility District (Agua SUD) in western Hidalgo County. The loans approved today will provide $19.6 million for the City of Mission and another $8.2 million for the Agua Special Utility District that services rural portions of western Hidalgo County.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


March 26, 2015

TEXAS STATE SECURITIES BOARD: NORTH TEXAS COMPANY ORDERED TO STOP FRAUDULENT OFFERING OF OIL ROYALTY RIGHTS

Securities Commissioner John Morgan entered an Emergency Cease and Desist Order March 25 prohibiting Lonestar Mineral Assets LLC and Kenneth Wayne McKay from illegally offering for sale unregistered investments in mineral royalty rights and not disclosing information about McKay’s background, which included a criminal conviction for securities fraud.

From Texas State Securities Board


March 26, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER RYAN SITTON TO BE HONORED WITH TEXAS A&M OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD

Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton is being honored tonight with the Outstanding Alumni Honor Award at Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering. This award recognizes former A&M engineering students who have brought honor to their profession through outstanding leadership in engineering activities, enhancing the professional development of engineers, and ingenuity in the field of engineering.

From Texas Railroad Commission


March 26, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS MOURN THE PASSING OF STATE DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEWOMAN MARY EDWARDS

Earlier this week, Senate District 10 Committeewoman and great Texas Democrat Mary Edwards passed away in Fort Worth. Edwards worked for Texas State Representative Lon Burnam for 18 years, served on the executive board of the Tarrant County Central Labor Council, and was an active member of the Tarrant County Democratic Party and Texas Democratic Party.

From Texas Democratic Party


March 26, 2015

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: LONG TERM CARE FRONTLINE NURSES URGE LEGISLATORS TO HELP ADVANCE QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS AND FULLY FUND MEDICAID RATE FOR VULNERABLE ELDERLY

Frontline caregivers in nursing homes across the state met at the Capitol today with lawmakers who will determine whether or not the Medicaid rate for skilled nursing care will be fully funded for 2016-2017. State estimates indicate the current Medicaid rate for long term care is underfunded by $343 million.

From Texas Health Care Association


March 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TOM CRADDICK: TEXTING-WHILE-DRIVING BAN IS LONG OVERDUE

On Nov. 10, 2009, Alex Brown died in a single-car rollover crash on her way to Seagraves High School in West Texas. She was distracted by text messages on her phone. One life lost unnecessarily. Her family mourned her death. The nation mourned with them.

From Representative Tom Craddick


March 26, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: VOUCHER BILLS REPRESENT RECKLESS EFFORTS TO CUT FUNDING TO NEIGHBORHOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller today called proposed bills under consideration in the Senate Education Committee today reckless and even cynical schemes to shift funding from neighborhood public schools to private and religious schools.

From Texas Freedom Network


March 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TOM CRADDICK: HOUSE BILL 80 PASSED BY THE TEXAS HOUSE

The Alex Brown Memorial Act, a bill to enact a statewide ban on texting while driving, was passed by the Texas House of Representatives and will be sent to the Texas Senate for consideration. Rep. Tom Craddick and the bill's joint authors, Rep. Byron Cook, Rep. Patricia Harless, Rep. Eddie Lucio III, and Rep. Gene Wu saw House Bill 80 receive overwhelming support from the Texas House during the debate on second and third readings.

From Representative Tom Craddick


March 26, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS STAND FOR PROVEN EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES, NOT VOUCHER GIMMICKS

Today, the Texas Senate Committee on Education is debating S.B. 4, S.B. 276, and S.B. 642, the Republican private school voucher bills. Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Emmanuel Garcia issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


March 26, 2015

TEXAS STATE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: FUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS; DONT' WASTE TAX DOLLARS ON VOUCHERS

The Texas State Teachers Association today reaffirmed its strong opposition to both voucher bills, SB4 and SB276, set for hearing before the Senate Education Committee.

From Texas State Teachers Association


March 26, 2015

ADVANCED ENERGY MANAGEMENT ALLIANCE: TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF DEMAND RESPONSE LEGISLATION

The Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) on Wednesday urged the House State Affairs Committee to pass legislation that would remove constraints to the use of demand response in Texas, empowering more Texans to control their own electricity usage at times when the state’s electric grid is under stress and prices are high.

From Advanced Energy Management Alliance


March 26, 2015

COALITION FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: PROPOSED TAX-BASED VOUCHER SCHEMES SET TO BE HEARD IN SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Several proposed new private school voucher schemes represent a massive tax-giveaway that would drain hundreds of millions of dollars each year from neighborhood public schools to subsidize tuition at private and religious schools, mostly benefiting wealthy families.

From Coalition for Public Schools


March 26, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: VOTES AGAINST PRIORITIZING TAX BREAKS FOR THE FEW OVER FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS

Today, the Texas Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 1 and Senate Bills 1, 7 and 8. Taken together, these bills give limited tax breaks for the few while reducing the available funding for public education by $4.6 billion over the next two years.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 26, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: SMALL BUSINESS TAX RELIEF ACT PASSES THE TEXAS SENATE

This afternoon, the Small Business Tax Relief Act (SB 8) authored by Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 24-7. Under the provisions of the bill, SB 8 will establish a permanent $4 million total revenue exemption from the state's business franchise tax and provide critical tax relief for tens of thousands of Texas businesses.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


March 26, 2015

TEXAS COALITION FOR AFFORDABLE INSURANCE SOLUTIONS: APPLAUDS TEXAS HOUSE FOR PASSING TEXTING WHILE DRIVING BAN

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions (TCAIS) lauded passage Wednesday by the Texas House of Representatives of HB 80 by state Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland), which would ban texting while driving.

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions


March 26, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: HELPS SENATE PASS WHAT WOULD BE THE LARGEST TAX CUT IN TEXAS HISTORY

Senator Van Taylor today helped pass what, if enacted, would be the largest tax cut in Texas history through the State Senate. A co-author of the tax package passed this afternoon, Taylor has been outspoken in his support for lower taxes and less government.

From Senator Van Taylor


March 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON OBJECTS TO SALE OF TEXANS' PERSONAL DATA IN RADIOSHACK BANKRUPTCY CASE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed an objection to the proposed sale of the personally identifiable information of 117 million RadioShack customers. General Paxton released the following statement:

From Office of the Attorney General


March 25, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVES SB 18

The Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 18 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to address Texas' medical workforce needs by expanding graduate medical education (GME). The bill will now move before the full Senate.

From Senator Jane Nelson


March 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: TODAY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE FRANCHISE TAX

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick commends the Texas Senate for delivering true tax relief for homeowners and businesses. Senate Bill 1(SB 1), Senate Joint Resolution 1(SJR 1), Senate Bill 7 and Senate Bill 8 (SB 7 & SB 8) passed out of the Senate floor with strong support.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 25, 2015

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES: SENATE PASSES TAX RELIEF PACKAGE ONTO THE HOUSE

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)/Texas, the state’s leading small business association, issued the following statement in response to today’s Senate passage of SB1, SJR 1, SB7, and SB8.

From National Federation of Independent Business


March 25, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: BILL SUPPORTING DUAL LANGUAGE EDUCATION PASSES COMMITTEE

Senator José Rodríguez's SB 159, which will help maintain and expand cutting-edge dual-language education in schools across the state, including programs in the El Paso Independent School District, has passed a key hurdle after being voted out of committee this week.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 25, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE PASSES TAX RELIEF BILLS

The Texas Senate today passed SB 1, SJR 1 and SB 7 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to provide approximately $4 billion in tax relief to Texas homeowners and businesses. "This money doesn't belong to the government. It belongs to the taxpayers, and we need to remember that as we continue working on a budget that meets our needs and gives the rest back to the people who earned it," Senator Nelson said.

From Senator Jane Nelson


March 25, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: MEET THE STATE'S NEEDS BEFORE CUTTING TAXES

Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) releases the following statement regarding today's debate on a number of tax cut bills. "I'm for responsible tax fairness as much as anyone in the Senate," said Senator Ellis.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


March 25, 2015

EPA: AUSTIN, DFW AND HOUSTON BUSINESSES SAVED $145 MILLION WITH ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

Three of Texas’ major metropolitan areas are embracing energy efficiency to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by meeting EPA’s Energy Star requirements. Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston jointly have over 500 buildings with Energy Star certifications—saving a combined $145 million.

From EPA


March 25, 2015

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, released the following statement Wednesday about House efforts to reform the state’s school finance system: "I want to applaud and thank Chairman Aycock and his team of Members for their efforts to improve our school finance system.

From Speaker Joe Straus


March 25, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: ROBIN HOOD PLAN GETS OVERHAUL FOR IMPROVEMENT

Representative Helen Giddings (D-Dallas) joined several of her colleagues in the announcement of House Bill 1759 (by Aycock) which would improve the existing system of school finance, often referred to as "the Robin Hood" plan.

From Representative Helen Giddings


March 25, 2015

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: CALLS ON CONGRESS TO SUPPORT CHIP FUNDING

Anne Dunkelberg, Associate Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, released the following statement: "The Center for Public Policy Priorities strongly supports HR 2 and encourages the Texas delegation of the U.S. House to support this critical bill to support the popular Children's Health Insurance Program and other vital health services.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


March 25, 2015

TRAVIS COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR AND VOTER REGISTRAR: ELFANT RESPONDS TO TRAVIS COUNTY'S NEW PACE PROGRAM THAT WILL HELP BUSINESS PROPERTY OWNERS, ENVIRONMENT

Property Assessment Clean Energy (PACE), enacted during the 2013 Texas Legislature with support from both sides of the aisle, is expected to unlock a considerable amount of private funding for clean energy projects in the state.

From Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar


March 25, 2015

PUBLIC CITIZEN: PEDERNALES ELECTRIC CO-OP EXPANDS AFFORDABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS

The cost of solar energy has dropped so much that the Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the nation’s largest electric cooperative, which serves a large area to the west of Austin, has announced a plan to significantly expand investment in this clean, affordable energy source.

From Public Citizen


March 25, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: HOUSE BILL 1745 REPRESENTS A LEGISLATIVE TEMPER TANTRUM BY LAWMAKERS OPPOSED TO FREEDOM TO MARRY

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller today criticized proposed legislation that would bar state and local officials from enforcing a Supreme Court order to issue marriage licenses or otherwise recognize marriage for same-sex couples.

From Texas Freedom Network


March 25, 2015

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: NURSING HOME PROVIDERS STRONGLY URGE LEGISLATORS TO PROTECT ELDERLY AND THEIR CAREGIVERS BY OPPOSING GUN BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW HANDGUNS IN ELDERCARE FACILITIES

Stressing the need to protect vulnerable elderly, their family members and the skilled nursing staff who care for frail seniors, the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) testified in opposition today to House Bill 308, legislation that would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns in certain locations, including Texas nursing homes.

From Texas Health Care Association


March 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT DIRECTS DFPS TO IMPLEMENT NEW CHILD SAFETY MEASURES

Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner John Specia directing the agency to implement comprehensive reforms to the state’s foster care and child protective services following the death of three children under DFPS supervision in the first three months of 2015.

From Office of the Governor


March 25, 2015

ANNIE'S LIST: PROUDLY ENDORSES INA MINJAREZ FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 124

Today, Annie’s List – the leading organization in Texas dedicated to electing progressive Democratic women – proudly endorsed Ina Minjarez for State Representative in Texas State House District 124.

From Annie's List


March 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE WILL VIGOROUSLY OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT'S ILLEGAL AMNESTY

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement regarding the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals setting a date for oral arguments on the U.S. Department of Justice’s motion to stay the preliminary injunction of the president’s immigration executive action:

From Office of the Attorney General


March 24, 2015

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: APPLAUDS SENATE COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF SB 1165

“On behalf of the state’s biggest job creating sector, the Texas Oil & Gas Association applauds the Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee for passing SB 1165, which clarifies the responsibilities of cities and the state for regulating the oil and gas industry.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


March 24, 2015

TEXAS AFT: HOUSE BUDGET MOVES FORWARD

House budget writers have taken several important steps forward for public education in the two budget bills passed today by the House Appropriations Committee, but they can and should do more as this budget package moves forward.

From Texas AFT


March 24, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: BILL AUTHORIZING THE TERMINATION OF CONTRACTS FOR FALSIFIED MILITARY RECORDS PASSES THE TEXAS SENATE

Senator Van Taylor today passed Senate Bill 664, the Stolen Valor Act, by unanimous vote in the Texas Senate. This bill authorizes an employer to fire an employee, or terminate a contract, if the employer reasonably determines that the employee or contractor falsified their military record.

From Senator Van Taylor


March 24, 2015

CONCERNED CITIZENS OF TEXAS GULF COAST: THERE ARE LIES; DAMNED LIES; AND S.T.O.R.M. LIES

After multiple Republican elected officials declined to carry legislation that would take away access to public certified oyster harvest areas - as well as many other activities enjoyed by recreational and commercial fishermen - Democrat State Representative Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont) took the bait and filed HB 3335.

From Concerned Citizens of Texas Gulf Coast


March 24, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: LAUNCHES TWO NEW OIL AND GAS ONLINE FILING APPLICATIONS FOR OPERATORS

The Railroad Commission of Texas continues modernization and efficiency upgrades as part of its Information Technology Project with the launch of two more applications operators can complete and file online.

From Texas Railroad Commission


March 24, 2015

SUSTAINABLE TEXAS OYSTER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, LLC: COUNTY ATTORNEY DECLINES TO FILE CHARGES FOLLOWING FRIVOLOUS COMPLAINT BROUGHT BY WORLD'S LARGEST OYSTER SHIPPING COMPANY

The Chambers County Attorney has declined to file charges on the heels of a frivolous criminal complaint filed against the Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District (CLCND) over its lease of submerged land to Sustainable Texas Oyster Resource Management, LLC (STORM).

From Sustainable Texas Oyster Resource Management, LLC.


March 24, 2015

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: PRAISES COMMITTEE FOLLOWING UNANIMOUS BUDGET VOTE

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) released the following statement Tuesday following the House Appropriations Committee’s unanimous approval of House Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act: "I want to thank Chairman Otto, the subcommittee chairs and all of the members of the Appropriations Committee for their outstanding work on House Bill 1.

From Speaker Joe Straus


March 24, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE VOTES OUT HB1 AND HB2- KEY ITEMS INCLUDED FOR EL PASO

Today the House Appropriations Committee unanimously voted out House Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act, and House Bill 2, the Supplemental Appropriations Bill. The Committee has made significant progress with its vote to recommend these bills to the House.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


March 24, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT FILES AMICUS BRIEF CALLING ON COURT TO HALT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

Governor Greg Abbott has filed an amicus brief in opposition to the Obama administration's Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Appeal in the case to halt President Obama's executive amnesty.

From Office of the Governor


March 24, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLANS: SUPPORTS SB 481 TO EMPOWER CONSUMERS & TAKE SURPRISE OUT OF "BALANCE BILLING"

Today the Texas Senate Committee on Business & Commerce considered SB 481, introduced by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, which would address the practice of balance billing, a growing occurrence for Texas consumers who seek care at in-network facilities but are in fact treated by out-of-network providers at those facilities and later receive separate bills for charges not covered by their insurance.

From Texas Association of Health Plans


March 24, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: STATE SOVEREIGNTY RESOLUTION PASSES OUT OF COMMITTEE

This morning, Senator Brandon Creighton's signature state sovereignty resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, passed the Senate Committee on State Affairs by a vote of 7-0. "SCR 1 represents the growing sentiment that the federal government has continued to blatantly overreach its constitutional authority through multiple laws and mandates," said Senator Creighton.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


March 24, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ANDREW MURR: PRESENTS TWO MORE BILLS TO ENHANCE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS

Just prior to the final deadline for new legislation to be filed in the 84th Legislative Session, Representative Andrew Murr offered two more bills which, if passed, will enhance private property rights in District 53 and across the state.

From Representative Andrew Murr


March 23, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: MARRIAGE HAS BEEN CLEARY DEFINED BY TEXAS VOTERS

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today spoke to a crowd outside the Texas State Capitol about the importance of protecting marriage, as defined by Texas law and our Constitution. “In Texas, marriage has been clearly defined by our elected representatives and by a vote of the people, and more than three out of every four Texas voters defined marriage as between one man and one woman,” General Paxton said.

From Office of the Attorney General


March 23, 2015

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: BURTON ENDORSES TED CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT

Monday, Konni Burton endorsed Senator Ted Cruz in his presidential bid. The endorsement came on the heels of Senator Cruz’s formal announcement of his candidacy at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

From Konni Burton Campaign


March 23, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS RESPOND TO TED CRUZ'S ANNOUNCEMENT

Today, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for president of the United States at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal Kay Perkins issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


March 23, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: NEW STUDY RELEASES: RESTRICTING ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE JEOPARDIZES TEXAS WOMEN'S HEALTH

A new study about the impact of family planning funding cuts on access to preventive health care in Texas was published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study highlights the devastating consequences of dismantling prevention programs and the health care safety network of providers; and the real impact these attacks have had on Texas women over the years.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


March 23, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS BARNARD JUDGE OF 89TH DISTRICT COURT

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Charles M. Barnard of Wichita Falls as judge of the 89th District Court of Wichita County. He will replace Judge Mark Price, who passed away in February, for a term to expire at the next general election in November 2016.

From Office of the Governor


March 23, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: BORDER SECURITY

Last week the Texas House of Representatives passed a comprehensive border security bill that will significantly improve public safety in South Texas. H.B. 11 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, with only twelve members voting against it despite four hours of debate on the floor.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


March 23, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: JOINS AFRICAN AMERICAN PASTORS FOR TEXAS MARRIAGE RALLY

Today, at 1:00 p.m. Texans and legislators will stand together on the Texas Capitol steps for the Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, the keynote speaker, will be joined by Lt. Governor, Attorney General, over 100 elected Texas officials and Rev. William Owens, founder and president of Coalition of African American Pastors.

From Texas Values


March 23, 2015

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: NEW VIDEO: AERIAL IMAGES OVER TIME SHOW CITY-PERMITTED, RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ENCROACHING ON EXISTING WELLS

The Texas Oil & Gas Association released a new video today that shows aerial images of a neighborhood in Denton where the city permitted residential construction very close to existing wells, in stark contrast to the city’s own requirement for unreasonably large distances between wells and homes.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


March 23, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: CRUZ RUNNING IS ADDITION BY SUBTRACTION

"Ted Cruz will be spending his time raising money and traveling to early primary states rather than in the US Capitol or in Texas - I'd say that's addition by subtraction.

From Lone Star Project


March 23, 2015

PROGRESS TEXAS: TED CRUZ HAS A LATINO VOTER PROBLEM

Can he win more states than Mitt Romney did in 2012? Based on Cruz's thin electoral record, the answer appears to be a resounding "no." Based on electoral data obtained from the Texas Secretary of State, Ted Cruz has never demonstrated an ability to grow support among Latino voters.

From Progress Texas


March 23, 2015

CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS OF TEXAS: CONSERVATIVES RALLY IN DEFENSE OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE

Conservative Republicans of Texas, Campaign for Texas Families, and other statewide conservative organizations, together with over 100 state and federal legislators are sponsoring a Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally at 1pm, March 23, 2015, on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol.

From Conservative Republicans of Texas


March 23, 2015

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF FORMER PRIME MINISTER LEE KUAN YEW

“Laura and I are saddened by the death of Lee Kuan Yew. The father of today's Singapore transformed his country and helped usher the ASEAN region into the modern era.

From President George W. Bush


March 20, 2015

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION: RECOVERS $10.5 MILLION IN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FRAUD IN 2014

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recovered a total of more than $10.5 million in fraudulent Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit claims during calendar year 2014 (CY2014) through its collection efforts combined with the State Comptroller’s warrant hold process and offsets to current UI benefit claims.

From Texas Workforce Commission


March 20, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO 2015-2016 STUDENT ASSESSMENT TESTING CALENDAR

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today notified Texas school districts and charters of significant changes to the Student Assessment testing calendar for the 2015-2016 school year.

From Texas Education Agency


March 20, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: FIRST LADY CECILIA ABBOTT VISITS IRVING, TOURS HALEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today visited Thomas Haley Elementary School in Irving, where she toured the school and met with the Principal and Irving ISD Superintendent, as well as teachers and students in several classrooms.

From Office of the Governor


March 19, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: ON SENATE PASSAGE OF CAMPUS CARRY

Today, the "Campus Personal Protect Act", filed as Senate Bill 11, passed in the Texas Senate by a vote of 20-11. Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), joint author of the bill, issued the following statement regarding its passage:

From Senator Brandon Creighton


March 19, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT

Texas State Sen. José Rodríguez has been appointed by the White House to the 10-member Board of Directors for the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and the North American Development Bank (NADB).

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 19, 2015

TMA PRACTICEEDGE: BOARD APPOINTS CEO, ELECTS OFFICERS

The Board of Managers of TMA PracticeEdge, LLC, announce the selection of Louis J. Goodman, PhD, as the CEO of the new company, as well as the election of three of its members to serve as board officers.

From TMA PracticeEdge


March 19, 2015

STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY: OPPONENTS OF CAMPUS CARRY ASSUME VOTERS HAVE SHORT ATTENTION SPANS

The legislators and gun-control activists who incessantly parrot the claim that Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) is pandering to Baylor University (the largest employer in his district) by exempting private colleges from his "campus carry" legislation (SB 11) are clearly hoping voters won't remember that the language exempting private colleges originated in campus carry legislation by former Senator Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio), whose district encompassed the state's fifth-largest public university but no large private universities.

From Students for Concealed Carry


March 19, 2015

SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION: SUNSET CHAIR, VICE CHAIR PURSUE GRADUATED APPROACH TO HHSC REFORMS

Today the chair and vice chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission announced they will pursue an extended timeline on Sunset recommendations to transform the state's health and human services system.

From Sunset Advisory Commission


March 19, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: GUN PROLIFERATION BILLS PASS SENATE

Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement regarding Senate Bill 17, the "open carry" bill that passed the full Senate yesterday, and Senate Bill 11, the "campus carry" bill, which passed today:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 19, 2015

TDP: TEXAS REPUBLICANS VOTE IN FAVOR OF GUNS IN CLASSROOM

Today, the Republican-controlled Texas State Senate advanced a bill allowing gun owners with a concealed handgun licenses to carry guns on college campuses, despite opposition from higher education leaders across Texas and every Democrat in the Senate.

From Texas Democratic Party


March 19, 2015

JOE FARIAS CAMPAIGN: REP. FARIAS RESPONDS TO HURD COMMITTEE RESIGNATION

Yesterday, Republican Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23) resigned from the House Committee on Small Business. According to the Chairman of the committee, it is intended to examine the most pressing issues facing our entrepreneurs and small businesses and to work on solutions that will promote free enterprise and help build an opportunity economy.

From Joe Farias Campaign


March 19, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK ON PASSAGE OF "CAMPUS CARRY" GUN BILL

After failing to pass for several legislative sessions, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick applauded Senator Brian Birdwell's leadership to advance "campus carry" Senate Bill 11 (SB 11) with a vote of 20 -11.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 19, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: STATEMENT ON HIS VOTE AGAINST SB 11, THE "CAMPUS CARRY" BILL

Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) releases the following statement regarding today's debate on Senate Bill 11, the "campus carry" bill: "To those who say campus carry preserves our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, I disagree, and I'm in good company.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


March 18, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOE FARIAS: INDUSTRIAL HEMP BILLS HEARD IN HOUSE AGRICULTURE & LIVESTOCK COMMITTEE

Today, the House Agriculture & Livestock Committee heard HB 557 and HB 1322 which will enable institutions of higher education to research and farmers to begin growing industrial hemp for agribusiness use.

From Representative Joe Farias


March 18, 2015

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS: SALES TAX EXEMPTION PROPOSED FOR SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)/ Texas held a press conference today with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, State Representative Angie Chen Button and State Representative Dwayne Bohac, to announce support for House Bill (HB) 2694 that will provide a one day only sales tax exemption for Small Business Saturday.

From National Federation of Independent Business


March 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON SUES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OVER FMLA RULE

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today filed suit against the U.S. Department of Labor over the newly revised definition of “spouse” in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which includes a same-sex spouse if the marriage occurred in a state that recognizes such marriage.

From Office of the Attorney General


March 18, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RAFAEL ANCHIA: STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF HB 11

First, HB 11 gets the state guard off the border. Militarizing the border sends the wrong signal to our state's #1 trading partner, Mexico, and costs the state $650 million in annual gross product.

From Representative Rafael Anchia


March 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON'S OFFICE TO PROSECUTE TWO SOUTH TEXAS MEN FOR VOTER FRAUD

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Criminal Prosecutions Division will prosecute Brownsville residents Jose A. Garza and Rafael Elizondo, who were indicted for possessing marked ballots without the consent of the voter, in violation of Section 86.006 of the Texas Election Code.

From Office of the Attorney General


March 18, 2015

TEXANS FOR CONSUMER FREEDOM: COSTCO WHOLESALE JOINS EFFORTS TO ELIMINATE ANTI-COMPETITIVE LIQUOR LAWS

Costco Wholesale Corporation, a membership warehouse club with twenty-five stores and over seven thousand employees in Texas, has joined Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF) in supporting legislation that would eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.

From Texans for Consumer Freedom


March 18, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: APPLAUD PROGRESSION OF TAX RELIEF

The Texas Association of Realtors applaud the Senate Finance Committee’s vote to move tax relief forward. The proposed legislation would increase the homestead exemption, eliminate the franchise tax for a majority of small businesses in Texas, and place a constitutional prohibition on the application of a tax on any real estate transaction.

From Texas Association of Realtors


March 18, 2015

EMPOWER TEXANS: STATEMENT ON NEW COURT RULING IN DENTON COUNTY

Re-affirming the decision of a previous district court judge’s ruling, the Texas Ethic Commission’s politically-motivated case against the president of Empower Texans was dismissed again today.

From Empower Texans


March 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT NAMES LEWIS CHAIR OF TEXAS TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION

Governor Greg Abbott today named Tryon Lewis chair of the Texas Transportation Commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The commission oversees the Texas Department of Transportation.

From Office of the Governor


March 18, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: ADVOCATES PUSH FOR BIRTH CONTROL ACCESS FOR YOUNG PARENTS

Two years after lawmakers promised to address the high number of unintended pregnancies in Texas, reproductive health advocates are calling today for passage of common sense legislation making it easier for teens who are already parents to obtain birth control.

From Texas Freedom Network


March 18, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RAFAEL ANCHIA: FILES BILL TO STOP STATE BAILOUT OF TRINITY TOLL ROAD

Last week, Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) filed HB 3674, a bi-partisan bill that would prioritize the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) funding of toll projects to those on the state highway system that are designed, constructed, operated, or maintained on behalf of TxDOT, or projects of a transportation corporation created by the Texas Transportation Commission.

From Representative Rafael Anchia


March 18, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: CONGRATULATES PM NETANYAHU

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election: “Prime Minister Netanyahu has been an extraordinary leader for Israel, and I congratulate him on what appears to be a victory today.

From Senator Ted Cruz


March 18, 2015

PUBLIC CITIZEN: GEORGETOWN TO BE POWERED BY 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY

The City of Georgetown, Texas announced today that it will provide the entire city with clean, affordable renewable energy by 2017. This is thanks to new contract with Sun Edison to provide 150 megawatts of solar energy by the end of 2016 and the City’s existing wind energy contracts.

From Public Citizens


March 18, 2015

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: AND REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CYRIER ELECTED CHAIRS OF EAGLE FORD SHALE LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and Rep. John Cyrier, R-Lockhart, today (Tuesday) were elected Chairs of the Eagle Ford Shale Legislative Caucus, a group of more than 30 legislators who focus on issues related to oil and gas development in the shale region.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


March 18, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SB 97 BANNING E-CIGARETTE SALES TO MINORS VOTED OUT OF THE SENATE, ADVANCES TO HOUSE

Today, Senate Bill 97, authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa that relates to the sale, distribution, possession, and use of electronic cigarettes, was voted out of the Senate today and will advance to the House.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


March 17, 2015

SENATOR KEL SELIGER: STATEMENT ON TAX RELIEF

Today, the Senate Finance Committee voted to send several bills that cut taxes to the Senate floor for consideration by the full Senate. "These bills, passed by the Senate Finance Committee today with my support, represent one of the largest tax cuts in Texas history at over $4.5 billion in tax relief to homeowners and businesses.

From Senator Kel Seliger


March 17, 2015

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: TEXAS SENATE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE TO HEAR WORK-STUDY BILL ON MARCH 18

On Wednesday the Texas Senate Higher Education Committee will consider SB 947, which would require the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to study the creation of more work-study jobs that are not on college campuses.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


March 17, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE PAT FALLON: FILES LEGISLATION TO SECURE THE BORDER AND INCREASE GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY

State Rep. Pat Fallon (Denton County) has filed his legislative package for the 84th legislative session. Friday, March 13 marked the deadline for all bills and joint resolutions to be filed in the Texas House. Over 4,200 bills were filed in the 150 member House and over 2,000 bills were filed in the 30 member Senate.

From Representative Pat Fallon


March 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STANDS UP FOR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Attorney General Ken Paxton and 22 other state attorneys general are urging the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) to permanently discard a proposed ban on M855 5.56 x 45mm ammunition. On March 10, ATF shelved the proposal after an outpouring of opposition, including from the law enforcement community.

From Office of the Attorney General


March 17, 2015

TEXAS FORWARD: SENATE FINANCE TAX PROPOSALS PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE

Today the Senate Finance committee passed committee substitutes of SB 7 and SB 8, which reduce the tax rate and increase exemptions for the franchise (margins) tax paid by businesses.

From Texas Forward


March 17, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVES SB1, 7

The Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 1 and SB 7 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to provide approximately $4 billion in tax relief to Texas homeowners and businesses. The bills will now move before the full Senate.

From Senator Jane Nelson


March 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: ON PASSAGE OF THE OPEN CARRY GUN BILL

Today, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick congratulated Senator Craig Estes and supporting senators for the final passage of Senate Bill 17 (SB 17) with a vote of 20 - 10. SB 17 proposes the following:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 17, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: ON SENATE PASSAGE OF OPEN CARRY

Today, Senate Bill 17 on Open Carry passed in the Texas Senate by a vote of 20-10. Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), co-author of the bill, issued the following statement regarding its passage:

From Senator Brandon Creighton


March 17, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS WELCOME NEW DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Today, the Texas Democratic Party (TDP) welcomes Emmanuel Garcia as Deputy Executive Director. Manny brings a wealth of communications, legislative and political expertise to the state party.

From Texas Democratic Party


March 17, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: TERMINALLY ILL TEXANS GIVEN A BETTER CHANCE TO FIGHT AND WIN

Senator Paul Bettencourt filed SB 694, the “Right to Try” legislation, Monday. On the first day, 1/3 of the Senate had already signed on in bi-partisan support of the bill. The bill will be laid out, and testimony will be given, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


March 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT REAPPOINTS MATSON TO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY EXAMINERS BOARD

Governor Greg Abbott today announced the reappointment of Arthur Roger Matson of Georgetown to the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners Board, an organization charged with protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Texas.

From Office of the Governor


March 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS COBOS TO THE VETERANS LAND BOARD

Governor Greg Abbott today announced the appointment of Andrew Cobos of Houston to the Veterans Land Board, an organization within the Texas General Land Office, which oversees six programs that provide benefits and services for Texas veterans, military members and their families. Mr. Cobos will replace Alan Sandersen.

From Office of the Governor


March 17, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: SENATORS GET LETTER IN OPPOSITION TO SANCTUARY CITIES BILL

The Texas Association of Business is delivering a letter to every state senator opposing the so-called sanctuary cities bill on economic grounds. The letter states that the legislation will hurt the Texas economy overall.

From Texas Association of Business


March 17, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL HEARD IN SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE

Senate Bill 185, which was heard in the Senate Subcommittee on Border Security today, would outlaw so-called “sanctuary cities” — a term that has not been defined — by prohibiting Texas governmental entities from passing laws to restrict police from asking about immigration status.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 17, 2015

GLASSHOUSE POLICY: REPORT TACKLES STATE LAW THAT PROHIBITS THE ADOPTION OF FIRE CODES

Working under the guidance of former Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratliff, former Ambassador Lyndon Olson, and other public service luminaries, Glasshouse Policy -- Texas’ first fully crowdsourced and collaborative think tank -- recently completed the maiden run of its crowdsourced policy initiative.

From Glasshouse Policy


March 17, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: APPLAUDS PASSING OF LICENSED OPEN-CARRY

Upon passage of SB 17, Senator Campbell released the following statement: "Senate Bill 17 strengthens the rights of Texans to carry a handgun for self-defense while guaranteeing the same safe and secure environment we have always shared with our fellow CHL holders.

From Senator Donna Campbell


March 17, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: COMMENTS ON TODAY'S DEBATE ON SB 17

Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) releases the following statement regarding today's debate on Senate Bill 17: "I'm disappointed we've chosen to concentrate our energy and precious taxpayer dollars on arming more Texans with guns.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


March 17, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN OTTO: CALLS FOR INCREASED CONTRACT TRANSPARENCY

House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Otto (R-Dayton) introduced legislation highlighting the need for increased oversight and management over state contracts.

From Representative John Otto


March 16, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RAFAEL ANCHIA: FILES BILL TO IMPROVE DISD GOVERNANCE

Last week Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) filed HB 2579, a bi-partisan bill that would implement provisions related to the governance of the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) by requiring the DISD school board to order an election on six individual proposals.

From Representative Rafael Anchia


March 16, 2015

AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY- TEXAS: COMMENDS SEN. CREIGHTON FOR FILING LEGISLATION TO PROTECT TEXAS ELECTRICITY CONSUMERS

AFP- Texas applauds Sen. Brandon Creighton (SD 4) for filing legislation to ensure that Texas energy customers are at the center of the decision making process in response to the Environmental Protection Agency and Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan.

From Americans for Prosperity- Texas


March 16, 2015

AARP: TEXANS WIDELY SUPPORT CAREGIVER LEGISLATION

Texans taking care of a loved one released from a hospital or rehabilitation facility would receive caregiver information and training, under bills filed in the Texas Legislature. Known as the CARE Act, the legislation would guarantee that family caregivers receive instruction in medical tasks, such as how to dress a wound or administer medications, to ensure that they can safely provide care when their loved ones return home.

From AARP


March 16, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT CALLS ON EPA TO REFRAIN FROM ISSUING NEW STANDARDS

In an ongoing effort to deter federal overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Governor Greg Abbott today issued a letter to Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, requesting that the agency void its proposed changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone in favor of maintaining the current standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb).

From Office of the Governor


March 16, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: GOP CORRUPTION PROTECTION ACT

Today, Republicans in the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs approved a bill by Senator Joan Huffman (SD17 – Houston) that would weaken the ability to prosecute corrupt state officials.

From Lone Star Project


March 16, 2015

TEXAS DPS: TEXAS LEGISLATURE HONORS JOINT CRIME INFORMATION CENTER, TWO EMPLOYEES

The Texas Legislature recently recognized the Texas Joint Crime Information Center (JCIC) of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for being named the 2014 Fusion Center of the Year, and two JCIC employees, Emily Robertson and David Jackson, were also honored for individual achievements.

From Texas DPS


March 16, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ABEL HERRERO: TAKING ELECTIONS TO A NEW FRONTIER

Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Robstown, filed legislation (HB 3267 and HB 3269) to streamline and improve voter registration and election day polling. "As individuals, we are constantly looking for new innovations to streamline and improve our everyday lives.

From Representative Abel Herrero


March 16, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: STATEMENT ON SB 10, PUBLIC INTEGRITY BILL

“SB 10 is a politicians dream, a virtual get-out-of-jail-free card for public officials. SB 10 creates a special legal system reserved for politicians only -- a system designed to end corruption prosecutions, not pursue them.

From Texans for Public Justice


March 16, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS WELCOME RAND PAUL BACK TO TEXAS

Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul returned to Texas to open an office for his potential presidential campaign in Austin. Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal Perkins welcomed him back, issuing the following statement: “Bless his heart, Senator Rand Paul is back in Texas to open a campaign office.

From Texas Democratic Party


March 16, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ARMANDO WALLE: FILES COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL FINANCE LEGISLATION

State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) announced key school finance legislation today to coincide with the Day of Advocacy of the Senate Hispanic Caucus/MALC’s Latino Education Task Force. “While some seem satisfied with leaving fixes to Texas’ school finance system for another day, the Task Force has called upon us for decisive action, so that no student is left underserved by inequitably funded schools,” Rep. Walle said.

From Representative Armando Walle


March 16, 2015

TEXAS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE: TEXAS INTERFAITH LEADERS' STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION IN THE 84TH TEXAS LEGISLATURE

As Texas religious leaders, we unite our voices to call on our Legislature for a new and merciful tone in our state’s immigration debate. We encourage lawmakers to focus on healing Texas communities and affirming the rights and inherent worth of every person.

From Texas Catholic Conference


March 16, 2015

TEXAS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE: TEXAS FAITH LEADERS CALL FOR "COMPASSION AND PRUDENCE" IN STATE IMMIGRATION DEBATE

Leaders of Texas’ Christian denominations joined with Jewish and Muslim clergy in calling for compassion and mutual respect as lawmakers opened public testimony on a series of bills that would impose new state sanctions on undocumented persons, require proof of citizenship for an array of activities, and coerce municipalities to prioritize identification of possible undocumented immigrants over public safety.

From Texas Catholic Conference


March 16, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: THE FILING DEADLINE

The Texas Constitution says that all bills must be filed by the 60th day of each legislative session. Any potential legislation that is not filed by that date cannot be considered unless four-fifths of the legislature votes to allow it.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


March 16, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DUSTIN BURROWS: RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT PRESCRIPTION COSTS

Today State Representative Dustin Burrows filed HB 4002 calling for the Texas Legislature to study the price discrimination of pharmaceuticals in the international marketplace and its impact on the people and budget of Texas.

From Representative Dustin Burrows


March 16, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: PUBLIC INTEGRITY HINGES ON PROSECUTORIAL INDEPENDENCE

Surrounded by political corruption, leaders of Texas' ruling party are clamoring to transfer the Public Integrity Unit from the Travis County District Attorney to the Texas Attorney General.

From Texans for Public Justice


March 16, 2015

THE NETWORK OF TEXAS IAF ORGANIZATIONS: RELIGIOUS LEADERS URGE SENATORS TO PROTECT LOCAL COMMUNITIES

On Monday at 8am, faith leaders across Texas will arrive in Austin to testify against Senate Bill 185, which threatens local efforts to build better relationships between police and communities. SB 185 sponsored by state Senator Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, prohibits cities from forbidding police to enforce immigration laws.

From The Network of Texas IAF Organizations


March 16, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS AGAINST LEGALIZING RACIAL PROFILING

Tomorrow, the Senate Subcommittee on Border Security will meet to hear public testimony on S.B. 185 -- a bill which legalizes racial profiling, endangers communities, and removes local control from law enforcement officials. Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


March 16, 2015

PLUG-IN TEXAS: STATEMENT OF PRESIDENT RUSS KEENE

“Plug-In Texas supports the emphasis on alternative fuels in newly introduced legislation in the 84th Texas Legislature. The viability of electric drive vehicles, and other alternative fuels such as natural gas, is now expanding with growing adoption across Texas, and these new legislative proposals recognize the contribution alternative fuels can make to assist the state in compliance with federal air quality mandates.

From Plug-In Texas


March 16, 2015

SENATOR JOAN HUFFMAN: FILES COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS TRS-CARE

On Friday, Senator Joan Huffman, R-Houston, filed Senate Bill 1940, a comprehensive bill to give the Senate procedural flexibility in the coming weeks to address the funding shortfall facing TRS-Care, the healthcare program for Texas' retired teachers.

From Senator Joan Huffman


March 16, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JESSICA FARRAR: FILES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER ACCOUNTABILITY

Today, Representative Farrar filed HB 3966, which increases accountability of crisis pregnancy centers. The bill would require limited service pregnancy centers, which include crisis pregnancy centers, to make monthly reports to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) – who would publish the reports online – as well as the appropriate local health authority.

From Representative Jessica Farrar


March 13, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: 84TH LEGISLATIVE PRO-LIFE AGENDA OFFERS NEW PROTECTIONS FOR TEXAS' MOST VULNERABLE

For the last eighteen months, Texas Right to Life has been building consensus across the state with activists and Pro-Life legislators on the Pro-Life Legislative Agenda for the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature.

From Texas Right to Life


March 13, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: FILES SENATE ETHICS REFORM PACKAGE

With ethics reform slated as one of Governor Greg Abbott's emergency items, Senator Van Taylor filed SB 19, the Ethics Reform and Anti-Corruption Act. Taylor filed this legislation in close consultation with, and with the full backing of, Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

From Senator Van Taylor


March 13, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: FILES THE "TEXAS WAY"

Senator José Rodríguez filed Senate Bill 1039, which would provide a more effective alternative to expansion of the traditional Medicaid program. In addition to providing access to private health insurance for more than 1 million low-wage working Texans, including 50,000 military veterans, SB 1039 would be a more effective use of state and local taxpayer dollars.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: REQUESTS FEDERAL BLOCK GRANT IN PROPOSAL TO CLOSE COVERAGE GAP

Today Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-147) filed House Bill 3845, a bill proposing a "Texas Way" expand health care coverage to low-income Texans that will include a request for a block grant from the federal government. If adopted, it would mark the first time a state has formally requested a block grant under the 1115 waiver process.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


March 13, 2015

SUSTAINABLE TEXAS OYSTER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, LLC.: URGES PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS OF OYSTER FISHERMAN

Sustainable Texas Oyster Resource Management, LLC (STORM) today encouraged lawmakers to pass House Bill 3335, filed by Rep. Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont), because it will protect the private property rights of oyster fishermen and improve the health of marine ecosystems along the entire Texas coast.

From Sustainable Texas Oyster Resource Management, LLC.


March 13, 2015

PROGRESS TEXAS: SUPPORTS FIRST FULL-SCALE MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL FILED BY REP. MARQUEZ

Today, Rep. Marisa Márquez filed House Bill 3785, the first full-scale medical marijuana bill ever filed in the state of Texas. Polls have found that a clear majority of Texans support medical marijuana.

From Progress Texas


March 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JONATHAN STICKLAND: SEEKS TO BAN DANGEROUS NO-KNOCK RAIDS

Today, State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (Bedford) filed HB 3909 that would ban the issuance of “no knock” warrants. No knock raids are not only a danger to the officers themselves, but also to innocent by-standers, like the ones that have been injured in the past year.

From Representative Jonathan Stickland


March 13, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES PERRY: FILES GAME CHANGING LEGISLATION FOR THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY

Today, Senator Charles Perry filed SB 1664 which will give people with disabilities diagnosed before the age of 26 the ability to save up to $100,000 in a tax free savings account. The announcement of this bill occurred after Sen. Perry filed legislation with the support of a diverse coalition of disability advocacy groups.

From Senator Charles Perry


March 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: INTRODUCES COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION

State Representative Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) and State Senator Jose Men?ndez (D-San Antonio) introduced a bill today that would allow patients with cancer, seizure disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other debilitating conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


March 13, 2015

DALLAS POLICE ASSOCIATION: SUPPORTS REP. VILLALBA'S HB 2918

The Dallas Police Association (DPA) today announced its support for HB 2918 authored by Texas Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas). The bill would make “an interruption, disruption, impediment, or interference that occurs while a peace officer is performing a duty” a Class B Misdemeanor if done so while “filming, recording, photographing, or documenting the officer within 25 feet of the officer.”

From Dallas Police Association


March 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ANDREW MURR: REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO BUDGET TRANSPARENCY WITH NEW LEGISLATION

This week, State Representative Andrew Murr reaffirmed his commitment to budget transparency by joint-authoring a bill that will help end the use of accounting gimmicks to balance the state budget.

From Representative Andrew Murr


March 13, 2015

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: BILL EXTENDS KEY AIR QUALITY PROGRAM

Sen. Kirk Watson has filed legislation to extend the life of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP), which will be an essential tool for communities across the state as tighter federal air quality standards take effect.

From Senator Kirk Watson


March 13, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: WORKING WITH LOCAL NON-PROFITS SENATOR VAN TAYLOR FILES MAJOR LEGISLATION TO PROACTIVELY COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Working with local anti-human trafficking non-profit organizations, State Senator Van Taylor today file SB 1653, the Proactively Combat Human Trafficking Act. In 2013, Senator Taylor, then a House member, co-authored House Bill 8, which significantly increased the penalties for human trafficking.

From Senator Van Taylor


March 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JIM MURPHY: FILES HB 2608

State Representative Jim Murphy (R) of Houston has filed House Bill 2608 which returns municipal pensions to local control. A companion bill is expected to be filed in the Senate today. "The bill's concept is simple. It is about local control of expenses and taxes," said Murphy. "Why should state legislators tell local communities what to pay their employees or what to pay in taxes?"

From Representative Jim Murphy


March 13, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: AND REP. ISAAC FILE BILLS TO PROTECT TRINITY GROUNDWATER

State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) and State Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) filed legislation today to expand the boundaries of two groundwater conservation districts in Hays County in an effort to protect an unregulated zone of the Trinity Aquifer.

From Senator Donna Campbell


March 13, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: COMMISSIONER AND DRT JOINT STATEMENT ON EVOLVING ROLE IN ALAMO MANAGEMENT

Today George P. Bush, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office (GLO), and Ellen McCaffrey, 44th President General of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), released the following statements:

From Texas General Land Office


March 13, 2015

ALABAMA-COUSHATTA TRIBE OF TEXAS: TRIBAL LEADERS APPLAUD PROPOSAL TO AUTHORIZE GAMING ON TRIBAL LANDS

The leaders of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas were on hand in Austin today when Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) and Representative James White (R-Woodville) filed a House Joint Resolution calling for a constitutional amendment election to allow gaming on tribal lands.

From Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas


March 13, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: TRIBAL GAMING CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS FILED TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD AMONG TEXAS TRIBES

Today, Senator Jose Rodríguez (D-El Paso) and State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D- Houston) filed SJR 51 and HJR 129, respectively, proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing gaming on tribal lands belonging to the Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo (also known as the Tigua Indian Tribe).

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 13, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: FILES LEGISLATION TO REFORM FOSTER CARE, KEEP TEXAS CHILDREN SAFE

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) filed SB 1406 and SB 1407, a package of legislation aimed at improving the lives of children in foster care and providing new resources to ensure child safety.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


March 13, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SB 66 REQUIRING EPIPENS IN SCHOOLS HEARD TODAY IN EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Today, the Senate Education Committee heard Senate Bill 66, authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa that relates to the use of epinephrine auto-injectors on public school and open-enrollment charter school campuses. The bill requires that unassigned epinephrine auto-injectors, commonly known as EpiPens, be available on all public school campuses and off-campus school events.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


March 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CAROL ALVARADO: ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE THE LABELING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

Today State Representative Carol Alvarado filed HB 3499 to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Texas that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

From Representative Carol Alvarado


March 12, 2015

TEXAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE: OIL AND GAS DRILLERS GO NUCLEAR AGAINST HOMEOWNERS

Two bills have been introduced in the Texas Legislature to exempt oil and gas industry activities from most local rules that protect the health, safety and property rights of Texans. “We always feared the industry would not be satisfied with legislation that just prohibits fracking bans like the one in Denton,” said Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director of the Texas Municipal League.

From Texas Municipal League


March 12, 2015

TDP: DEMOCRATS HAD A SWEET RESPONSE FOR REPUBLICANS WHO CELEBRATED TEXAS' GAY MARRIAGE BAN

Yesterday, Texas Democratic Party staffers stopped by the offices of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Texas Sen. Donna Campbell and several other Texas lawmakers to deliver two cakes to remind them that the majority of Texans support the freedom to marry.

From Texas Democratic Party


March 12, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: LOCAL MAYORS PUSH BACK ON BIG GOVERNMENT REPUBLICANS

Today at a Texas Tribune conversation, Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings (a Democrat) and Fort Worth Mayor, Betsy Price (a Republican) joined forces to condemn efforts by Republicans in Austin to strip power away from local voters and give it to State elected officials.

From Lone Star Project


March 12, 2015

ADVANCED ENERGY MANAGEMENT ALLIANCE: SUPPORTS DEMAND RESPONSE LEGISLATION FILED IN TEXAS LEGISLATURE

The Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) applauds the filing of legislation that would help give Texans more opportunity to control their own electricity usage at times when the state’s electric grid is under stress and prices are high.

From Advanced Energy Management Alliance


March 12, 2015

GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL CENTER: STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT AND MRS. GEORGE W. BUSH

“We are deeply concerned about the recent arrests of peaceful demonstrators in Burma by local authorities. Among those arrested is Phyoe Phyoe Aung, General Secretary of the All-Burma Federation of Student Unions and a participant in the Bush Institute’s Liberty and Leadership Forum.

From George W. Bush Presidential Center


March 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE WILL CONTINUE TO OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT'S LAWLESSNESS

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s motion in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to stay the district court's February 16 preliminary injunction in Texas v. United States:

From Office of the Attorney General


March 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVES YVONNE DAVIS, SYLVESTER TURNER, TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER, GARNET COLEMAN: HOUSE CAUCUS CHAIRS ISSUE STATEMENT ON CLOSING COVERAGE GAP

Today, House caucus chairs Reps. Yvonne Davis (House Democratic Caucus), Sylvester Turner (Texas Legislative Black Caucus), Trey Martinez Fischer (Mexican American Legislative Caucus), and Garnet Coleman (Legislative Study Group) issued a joint statement in recognition of Coverage Expansion Advocacy Day:

From Representative Yvonne Davis


March 12, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: CHAIRMAN FOSTER THANKS OUTGOING REGENTS, WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

Paul Foster, chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents, thanked Vice Chairman Gene Powell, Regent Bobby Stillwell and Vice Chairman Steve Hicks for their service over the past six years and welcomed new regents David Beck and Sara Martinez Tucker to the board in a statement on Thursday.

From The University of Texas System


March 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ERIC JOHNSON: FILES HB 3384 TO GRANT THE TOP 10% OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS AUTOMATIC ACCEPTANCE AT TEXAS PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

State Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) today filed House Bill 3384 to grant the top 10% of community college students who achieve junior standing automatic acceptance at Texas public universities. The program would mirror the current top 10% admissions program for graduating Texas high school students.

From Representative Eric Johnson


March 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ANGIE CHEN BUTTON: FILES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REFORM PACKAGE

Today, State Representative Angie Chen Button filed HB 26, HB 27, and HB 28. This legislation lays the groundwork for Economic Development reform in Texas. The reform package eliminates the Emerging Technology Fund, restructures the Texas Enterprise Fund, and takes measures to increase transparency and efficiency.

From Representative Angie Chen Button


March 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DWAYNE BOHAC: AUTHORS LEGISLATION TO BEEF UP BORDER SECURITY AND CRACKDOWN ON DRUG TRAFFICKING AND HUMAN SMUGGLING

State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) announces authorship of two bills that significantly strengthen border security and help law enforcement crackdown on border-related crime. HB 11, the “Stronger Border, Safer Texas Act,” is an omnibus bill that will dramatically increase the number of Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers in the border region, impose tougher penalties on smugglers, and provide more resources for police statewide.

From Representative Dwayne Bohac


March 12, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: "SANCTUARY CITIES" BILLS ARE BAD POLICY FOR ALL TEXANS

What do law enforcement officials, business groups, faith-based groups, education advocates, civil rights leaders and immigration law experts have in common? Normally, not a whole lot. But whenever a so-called “sanctuary cities” bill is up for debate in the Texas Legislature, you will see an eclectic group of people from every walk of life line up to express opposition to a policy that would be disastrous for Texas.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


March 12, 2015

SENATOR CARLOS URESTI: ANNOUNCES MAJOR ALTERNATIVE FUESL INITIATIVE

Senator Carlos Uresti, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Railroad Commissioner David Porter and other legislative, agency, and industry leaders today announced the filing of Senate Bill 12 to provide financial incentives for state agencies, counties and cities to purchase vehicles that use less-polluting alternative fuels.

From Senator Carlos Uresti


March 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DEWAYNE BURNS: PRAISES GOV. ABBOTT ON DROUGHT PROCLAMATION RENEWAL

State Representative DeWayne Burns of Cleburne joins other state officials in support of Gov. Greg Abbott's proclamation to renew the state of disaster designation for 95 Texas counties due to exceptional drought conditions.

From Representative DeWayne Burns


March 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE OSCAR LONGORIA: TEXAS HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE APPROVES PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN RATE INCREASE TO $460 MILLION IN GENERAL REVENUE

This morning, the Texas House Appropriations Committee, of which State Representative Oscar Longoria (D-La Joya) is a member, approved funding to the Medicaid-to-Medicare Parity Payments in the base bill in the amount of $460 million in General Revenue.

From Representative Oscar Longoria


March 12, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: "FORMER FETUSES" TAKE CENTER-STAGE ON ABORTION LOBBY DAY

Amidst insidious attempts by abortion zealots to diminish the value of preborn children, Pro-Life legislators stood for the lives of the tiniest Texans. Planned Parenthood employees and supporters gathered today to support HB 709, a bill introduced by Planned Parenthood-endorsed lawmaker Jessica Farrar (D—Houston).

From Texas Right to Life


March 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DAVID SIMPSON: FILES BILL TO REPEAL CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE AND REQUIRE A CRIMINAL CONVICTION TO FORFEIT PROPERTY IN TEXAS

Representative David Simpson (R-Longview) filed HB 3171 to repeal civil asset forfeiture provisions in Texas statutes and to require a criminal conviction to forfeit property associated with crime. This represents a comprehensive repeal of civil asset forfeiture in Texas.

From Representative David Simpson


March 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: HONORS CYNTHIA MICKENS-ROSS WITH TLBC COMMUNITY AWARD

Representative Helen Giddings (D-Dallas)- On March 3, 2015 the African American State Legislative Conference recognized Dr. Cynthia Mickens-Ross for the TLBC Community Award. This award is given to individuals who are making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication.

From Representative Helen Giddings


March 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ELLIOTT NAISHAT: FILES MARLISE'S LAW

Yesterday, Rep. Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin) filed HB 3183, which would repeal the pregnancy exclusion that prohibits women from exercising an advance directive once they are diagnosed as pregnant. The bill, known as Marlise's Law, is named for Marlise Muñoz of Fort Worth, Texas.

From Representative Elliott Naishtat


March 12, 2015

RPT: TEXAS GOP WELCOMES CHAIRMAN TOM MECHLER

On Saturday March 7th the State Republican Executive Committee elected RPT Treasurer Tom Mechler as the new Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

From Republican Party of Texas


March 12, 2015

TEXAS STATE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: OPPOSES VIRTUAL SCHOOL VOUCHERS, PRIVATIZATION

Today, the Texas State Teachers Association announced its opposition to SB894, the so-called virtual school expansion bill, because it would give our tax dollars in the form of vouchers to private online schools with little or no accountability.

From Texas State Teachers Association


March 12, 2015

SENATOR JOSE MENENDEZ: RELEASES LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOCUSES ON PUBLIC EDUCATION, VETERANS, AND PUBLIC SAFETY

Today, Senator José Menéndez filed his first set of bills as State Senator. The bills cover a variety of topics specifically focusing on Veterans, Public Education, and Public Safety. "I was sent here to get to the table where decisions are being made and represent the values of the families in the San Antonio.

From Senator Jose Menendez


March 12, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: RESPONSE TO REP. STICKLAND'S "FORMER FETUS" SIGN

"Today hundreds of Texans came together to raise awareness about the importance of access to the critical health care Planned Parenthood provides to women like me. I am here today thanks to a lifesaving cancer screening I received at Planned Parenthood.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


March 12, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: COMMISSIONER BUSH: GLO INNOVATING ONLINE SERVICE TO BENEFIT TEXAS VETERANS

Commissioner George P. Bush today unveiled the redesigned and streamlined Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) website - www.texasveterans.com. As Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, Bush concurrently serves as Chairman of the VLB.

From Texas General Land Office


March 12, 2015

COALITION FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: ANNOUNCES OPPOSITION TO SB 894

The Coalition for Public Schools today announced its opposition to legislation that would turn the state’s virtual school network into a massive private school voucher scheme funded by Texas taxpayers. Senate Bill 894 by state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, is set for a public hearing before the Senate Education Committee Thursday morning.

From Coalition for Public Schools


March 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE R.D. "BOBBY" GUERRA: LAYS OUT H.B. 255

State Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra (D-McAllen) unveiled H.B. 255, relating to certain fees charged for adjudication of claims under health benefit plans. H.B. 255 is a critical piece of legislation for independent pharmacists statewide who continue to be unjustly charged excessive transactional fees from Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) who contract with health benefit plans (HMOs) to process prescription claims for pharmacists.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra


March 12, 2015

SENATOR BOB HALL: MAKES STATEMENT ON HIS TWO UT REGENT 'NO' VOTES

Senator Bob Hall makes statement on his two UT Regent 'No' votes: “The University of Texas is one of the most prestigious institutions in America. All that it does should be totally transparent and above reproach.

From Senator Bob Hall


March 11, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: GOP ASSAULT ON LOCAL VOTERS CONTINUES

Today the Texas House Committee on State Affairs heard testimony on House Bill 540, sponsored by Rep. Phil King (HD61-Weatherford), which would give the Attorney General authority to review proposed home rule ballot measures that call for the enactment or repeal of a municipal ordinance.

From Lone Star Project


March 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TURNER: FILES BILLS TO ADDRESS CRUMBLING STATE AGENCY AND HIGHER EDUCATION BUILDINGS

Yesterday, State Representative Chris Turner filed two measures, HB 2841 and HB 2842, to provide funding to fix state agency and university buildings in dire need of repair.

From Representative Chris Turner


March 11, 2015

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: TEXAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE TOTALLY OFF BASE; HB 40 AND SB 1165 PRESERVE LOCAL AUTHORITY TO REGULATE SURFACE OIL & GAS ACTIVITY

It is unfortunate that the Texas Municipal League (TML) would publish patently false statements about Chairman Darby and Chairman Fraser’s legislation (HB 40 and SB 1165) related to state and local regulation of oil and gas activity.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


March 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON REYNOLDS: TEXAS HOUSE DEMOCRATIC WHIP RON REYNOLDS FILES HB 3059 TO REPEAL THE TEXAS PHOTO VOTER ID LAW

Last year, federal district judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, after reviewing extensive evidence, ruled that the Texas photo voter ID law violates the United States Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

From Representative Ron Reynolds


March 11, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: NATIONAL REVIEW OP-ED

In today’s National Review, Attorney General Ken Paxton shares why a 26-state bipartisan coalition is fighting to stop President Obama’s lawless executive order granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. Excerpts below:

From Office of the Attorney General


March 11, 2015

TEXAS EXES: STATEMENT FROM SEN. HUTCHISON ON NEW UT REGENTS

The following is a statement from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, president of the Texas Exes, regarding today's confirmation by the Texas Senate of three UT System regents:

From Texas Exes


March 11, 2015

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF UT SYSTEM REGENT NOMINEES

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement following Senate confirmation of David Beck, Steve Hicks and Sara Martinez Tucker to serve on the UT System Board of Regents:

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


March 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE OSCAR LONGORIA: FILES LEGISLATION CODIFYING THE BORDER PROSECUTION UNIT

Today, State Representative Oscar Longoria (House District 35) filed House Bill 12. This bill codifies the original intent of the Border Prosecution Unit (BPU), which has been modeled after the Special Prosecution Unit in Walker County in Huntsville, Texas. It will put everything relating to the BPU into law.

From Representative Oscar Longoria


March 11, 2015

MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS: CHAIR TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER CALLS ON HOUSE NOT TO CHOOSE FUNDING GOOD ROADS AT EXPENSE OF GOOD SCHOOLS

Today, Representative Trey Martinez Fischer, Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus is seeking a bipartisan solution to secure critical transportation investments without short-changing investment in public education.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus


March 11, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: TEXAS FAITH LEADERS LAUNCH EFFORT TO PROMOTE

Clergy and other people of faith were set to gather in Austin Tuesday evening at a special service launching a new campaign focused on countering the continued political attacks on reproductive health care and access to abortion and family planning services for all Texans.

From Texas Freedom Network


March 10, 2015

LOCAL CONTROL TEXAS: ADVOCATES RELEASE OPEN LETTER ON LOCAL SOVEREIGNTY

Advocates for local control from around Texas released an Open Letter today urging state officials to respect the sovereignty of local governments and drop efforts to pre-empt local policies protecting quality of life.

From Local Control Texas


March 10, 2015

AARP TEXAS: BILL WOULD PROTECT TEXANS STATEWIDE AGAINST PAYDAY LOAN DEBT TRAP

A bill that creates a common-sense statewide solution to the payday lending crisis threatening the financial security of hundreds of thousands of Texans was filed today in the Texas House of Representatives.

From AARP Texas


March 10, 2015

TEXAS DPS: OPERATION STRONG SAFETY REPORT HIGHLIGHTS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, VULNERABILITIES ALONG BORDER

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today released an unclassified version of the Operation Strong Safety (OSS) report that was submitted to the 84th Texas Legislature and Office of the Governor as required by the Texas Leadership.

From Texas DPS


March 10, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK SUPPORTS SENATOR HANCOCK'S FISCAL REFORM LEGISLATION

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced his support of Senator Kelly Hancock's filing of Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) and Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR 2) with the following statement:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 10, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TOM CRADDICK: HOUSE BILL 80 VOTED OUT OF HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

The House Committee on Transportation voted to favorably report House Bill 80 by Representative Tom Craddick (R-Midland) and joint authors, Rep. Patricia Harless, Rep. Eddie Lucio III, Rep. Gene Wu and Rep. Byron Cook. The bill will be sent to the House Calendars Committee to be considered for floor debate.

From Representative Tom Craddick


March 10, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TAN PARKER: CHAIRMAN PARKER APPOINTS GIOVANNI CAPRIGLIONE AS SUB-COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OF STATE AND LOCAL BONDED INDEBTEDNESS

Today Representative Tan Parker, Chairman of the Investments and Financial Services Committee, appointed Representative Giovanni Capriglione to the important position of Sub-Committee Chairman on State and Local Bonded Indebtedness.

From Representative Tan Parker


March 10, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: CORNYN AND CRUZ WRONG TO SIGN IRAN LETTER

"John Cornyn and Ted Cruz have crossed a line and put partisanship ahead of our Constitution and the security of the American people. "There’s plenty of room for Cornyn and Cruz to attack political enemies and play partisan politics within the borders of our own country.

From Lone Star Project


March 10, 2015

SENATOR KELLY HANCOCK: FILES LEGISLATION TO RECALCULATE STATE SPENDING LIMIT

Today, Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), filed Senate Bill 9 and Senate Joint Resolution 2 to reinforce the constitutional state spending limit.

From Senator Kelly Hancock


March 10, 2015

FAIR TAXES FOR TEXAS: COALITION OPPOSES ATTEMPTS TO HAMPER THE ABILITY OF PROPERTY OWNERS TO PROTEST APPRAISALS

A coalition of leading Texas business organizations is joining forces with the Coalition for Equal and Uniform Taxation (CEUT) to defend the Texas constitution’s guarantee of Equal and Uniform Taxation, and fight efforts to impose mandatory sales price disclosure.

From Fair Taxes for Texas


March 10, 2015

PUBLIC CITIZEN: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY COULD SAVE TEXANS BILLIONS

A new Public Citizen report shows that shifting from coal power to alternative energy sources could save utilities – and indirectly their customers – several billion dollars in capital and annual operating expenses.

From Public Citizen


March 10, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: FILES BILL TO REFORM TEXAS' PROPERTY TAX APPRAISAL SYSTEM

enator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) releases the following statement regarding Senate Bill 1084, his bill to create a fairer property tax appraisal system in Texas:

From Senator Rodney Ellis


March 10, 2015

TEXAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION: STATE EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION APPLAUDS HOUSE PLAN TO SHORE UP ERS PENSION PLAN

The Texas Public Employees Association (TPEA) supports the House plan announced Tuesday to shore up the Employees Retirement System pension fund through increased state and employee contribution rates.

From Texas Public Employees Association


March 10, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN: HOUSE PROPOSAL WOULD MAKE STATE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PLAN ACTUARIALLY SOUND

Today, State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van), Chair of the House Pensions Committee, joined by Representative John Otto, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and Representative Sylvester Turner, Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, outlined a plan to return to solvency the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS).

From Representative Dan Flynn


March 10, 2015

YOUNG CONSERVATIVES OF TEXAS: SENATE DEMOCRATS MISLEADING TEXANS ON SANCTUARY CITIES

Today, Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) criticized Senate Democrats for misleading Texans on the "sanctuary cities" bill (SB 185) in a press conference.

From Young Conservatives of Texas


March 10, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: TFN PRESIDENT APPLAUDS LAWMAKER'S DECISION TO 'RECONSIDER ENTIRELY' PROPOSED HJR 55

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller today applauded the decision by state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, to “reconsider entirely” a proposed constitutional amendment that would essentially replace the state’s existing Religious Freedom Restoration Act, allow some to use religion to harm others, and undermine the fundamental principle that laws should apply to everyone.

From Texas Freedom Network


March 10, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: LOBBY HELPED STRAUS CRUSH TEA-PARTY REVOLT

Nineteen Texas House members started this session with a tea-party suicide vote against Speaker Straus (who appointed zero rebels to head House committees). Campaign data reveal that Austin's business lobby bankrolled the Straus loyalists who crushed the rebellion.

From Texans for Public Justice


March 10, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: GOP BIG GOVERNMENT "BAIT & SWITCH"

This past weekend, freshman State Senator Don Huffines (SD16 – Dallas) appeared on WFAA Channel 8’s Inside Texas Politics and quickly found himself on the defensive.

From Lone Star Project


March 10, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DREW DARBY: HOUSE BILLS 6 AND 7 WOULD MAKE BUDGET MORE TRANSPARENT

A pair of proposals filed Monday continues budget transparency reforms began last session to reverse the two-decade-old practice of collecting fees for one purpose and using them instead to certify other areas of the state budget.

From Representative Drew Darby


March 10, 2015

THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM: BOARD OF REGENTS CONFIRMS FOUR KEY APPOINTMENTS

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Monday confirmed four key appointments: Michael K. Young as President of Texas A&M University; Dr. Joyce M. Alexander as Dean of the College of Education and Human Development; Dr. Eli Jones as Dean of the Mays Business School; and Dr. Bruce Akey as Director of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.

From The Texas A&M University System


March 10, 2015

AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE: ACC'S ACCELERATOR AND MATD 0421 COURSE IN NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

The Austin Community College District (ACC) welcomed second lady Dr. Jill Biden and Under Secretary of Education Dr. Ted Mitchell on Monday, March 9, to tour the Highland Campus’ ACCelerator and meet with students and faculty of the college’s new developmental math course, MATD 0421.

From Austin Community College


March 9, 2015

COALITION OF TEXANS WITH DISABILITIES: ATTENDANT WAGES TAKE A HIT IN HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS

Last Friday, the Texas House Appropriations Committee voted to dedicate $60 million in General Revenue to raising the floor wage of the lowest paid personal attendants in Texas. While attendants, consumers, providers, and advocates have been calling for a wage raise, $60 million misses the mark.

From Coalition of Texans with Disabilities


March 9, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES SENATOR NELSON'S SB 60

The Senate Committee on State Affairs today approved SB 60 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to align state statutes for Child Advocacy Centers with best practices. "These are small but important changes that will help child advocates better serve child victims," said Senator Nelson.

From Senator Jane Nelson


March 9, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE: FILES LEGISLATION TO HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OBTAIN CHLS

Today State Representative Tony Dale filed House Bill 2604 to ensure that law enforcement officers will obtain their Concealed Handgun License (CHL) in a more expedient manner.

From Representative Tony Dale


March 9, 2015

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: HIRES DIRECTOR OF QUALITY AND CLINICAL SERVICES TO MANAGE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES FOR NURSING HOME PROVIDERS

The Texas Health Care Association (THCA) announced today Gloria Bean-Williams, R.N., will serve in the newly created position of Director of Quality and Clinical Services, which will, among many things, manage quality measurement data and care enhancement progress as part of Commitment to Care (C to C), an ongoing initiative charting a strategic course to improve care quality for Texas seniors.

From Texas Health Care Association


March 9, 2015

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: HIRES DIRECTOR OF QUALITY AND CLINICAL SERVICES TO MANAGE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES FOR NURSING HOME PROVIDERS

The Texas Health Care Association (THCA) announced today Gloria Bean-Williams, R.N., will serve in the newly created position of Director of Quality and Clinical Services, which will, among many things, manage quality measurement data and care enhancement progress as part of Commitment to Care (C to C), an ongoing initiative charting a strategic course to improve care quality for Texas seniors.

From Texas Health Care Association


March 9, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONERS TESTIFY BEFORE JOINT MEETING OF HOUSE ENERGY AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEES

All three Railroad Commissioners today provided invited testimony at a joint meeting of the House Energy and International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs committees on U.S. trade policy and its impact on the energy industry in Texas and the United States.

From Texas Railroad Commission


March 9, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT OP-ED: TEXAS MEAN BUSINESS

Texas is once again the top state for job-creating capital investment projects. We have built a framework that allows free enterprise to flourish, including less government, low taxes, reasonable regulations and the right-to-work laws that attract job creators and keep job growth here in the state of Texas.

From Office of the Governor


March 9, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN RANEY: FIGHTS FOR EQUITY, TRANSPARENCY, AND FUNDING FOR BLINN BRYAN STUDENTS

Today, State Representative John Raney (R-Bryan/College Station) filed House Bill 2621 addressing the membership of Blinn Junior College's Board of Trustees. HB 2621 adds two board members appointed by the Brazos County Commissioner's Court to serve staggered six-year terms. HB 2621 would begin to address greatly needed representation for the students of Blinn’s Bryan Campus.

From Representative John Raney


March 9, 2015

TEXAS COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY: MORE THAN 550 TEXAS FAITH LEADERS CALL FOR ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY

Today at the State Capitol, representatives of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) and Texas Impact gathered with faith leaders from across the state to release an Interfaith Statement of Opposition to the Death Penalty and Texas Rabbis’ and Cantors’ Statement of Opposition to the Death Penalty.

From Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty


March 9, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: LOCAL GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY BILLS FILED SO TEXAS VOTERS WILL BE MORE IN THE KNOW

Senator Bettencourt filed two bills late Friday to ensure local government transparency. Governor Abbott campaigned on this across the State of Texas, and Senator Bettencourt has now filed legislation to live up to that promise. Taxpayers deserve to know how much debt they must already pay for before voting on more government debt.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


March 9, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: THE TAXES OF TEXAS

Texas is known as a fiscally responsible state, yet the government still must provide many services to its citizens. The state collects revenue from various taxes and fees to help pay for these services. Texas is one of the few states without an income tax so most revenue comes from the state sales tax. This accounted for $27.39 billion and 53.7% of all tax revenue in 2014.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


March 9, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS: STATESMAN AND GOVERNOR BILL RICHARDSON DONATES PAPERS TO UT AUSTIN'S BRISCOE CENTER

Bill Richardson, a former congressman, ambassador, Cabinet secretary and New Mexico governor, has donated his professional and political papers to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.

From The University of Texas


March 9, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: SENATORS RODRIGUEZ AND GARCIA DELAY COMMITTEE HEARING ON "SANCTUARY CITIES" LEGISLATION

Today, state Sen. José Rodríguez, Chair of the Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC), and state Sen. Sylvia R. Garcia, Vice Chair of the SHC, used a Senate rule to postpone the Senate Subcommittee on Border Security hearing on SB 185, the “sanctuary cities” bill, which was scheduled for 8 a.m.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 9, 2015

TEXAS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ADVOCATES: HOMEOWNERS RALLY AT THE TEXAS CAPITOL TO SUPPORT THEIR HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS

More than 250 homeowners, board members, business owners and other stakeholders from across the state of Texas are rallying today at the Texas Capitol to strongly support their community associations.

From Texas Community Association Advocates


March 9, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS WELCOME TOM MECHLER AS NEW CHAIR OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS

Today, after Chairman Munisteri stepped down as chair of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) to join the Rand Paul presidential campaign, members of the RPT elected Tom Mechler as the new chair. Chairman Mechler is inheriting a party divided by infighting between establishment Republicans and Tea Party extremists.

From Texas Democratic Party


March 9, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON NOMINATES SEVEN TO CHOOSE LIFE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the appointment of seven members to the Choose Life Advisory Committee, which helps the Office of the Attorney General administer funds raised by the sale of Choose Life specialty license plates. The funds are used to promote adoption as an alternative to abortion.

From Office of the Attorney General


March 9, 2015

TRAVIS COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR AND VOTER REGISTRAR: STATEMENT ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HISTORIC MARCH OF SELMA

“We must never forget Selma. We must always remember that “Bloody Sunday” when American citizens were clubbed, gassed and beaten simply because they wanted to register to vote.

From Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar


March 9, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE EDDIE RODRIGUEZ: FILES BEVERAGE CONTAINER RECYCLING LEGISLATION

Representative Eddie Rodriguez yesterday filed House Bill 2425, which would create a system to support refundable deposits on beverage containers in Texas. If passed, HB 2425 would set up an independent board to oversee the collection and refund of 5 cents or 10 cents deposits on all glass, plastic or aluminum beverage containers sold in Texas.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez


March 6, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE PHIL KING: FILES BILL TO STOP OBAMACARE TAX INCREASE IN TEXAS

Representative Phil King, R-Weatherford, today filed House Bill 2467 to stop an automatic tax increase on health care insurance in Texas triggered by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The Obamacare tax increases healthcare costs for hardworking Texans.

From Representative Phil King


March 6, 2015

TEXANS CARE FOR CHILDREN: FOLLOWING FOSTER CARE DEATHS & ABUSE, MONDAY HEARING ON KEY SAFETY BILL

After a year of attention on tragic child deaths and abuse with the very foster families selected to keep Texas children safe, on Monday, March 9 the Texas House Committee on Human Services will hold a hearing on legislation to take a key step towards protecting and supporting children in foster care.

From Texans Care for Children


March 6, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: AT WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING, REP. COLEMAN DISCUSSES MIDDLE CLASS OPPORTUNITIES

Today, Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-147) joined a select group of state legislators for the White House State Legislators Briefing. The briefing reflects the White House's commitment to building partnerships with state legislators in order to pass legislation that strengthens the security of the middle class.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


March 6, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: WEB VIDEO: KEEPING TEXAS THE BEACON OF OPPORTUNITY

The Office of the Governor today released a web video highlighting Governor Abbott's State of the State tour across Texas. In the video, Governor Abbott talks about the need for better schools, building more roads, reducing the tax burden, securing the border and reforming state ethics laws.

From Office of the Governor


March 6, 2015

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: BURTON WANTS TO INCLUDE POPULATION PLUS INFLATION REFORM IN SPENDING CAP DISCUSSION

Friday, Senator Burton commented on the recent proposal to amend the state’s Constitution to adjust how state spending counts towards the spending cap. The proposal, SJR 3, is designed to allow the state to pay down debt and cut taxes without having these expenditures count against our constitutionally mandated cap.

From Konni Burton Campaign


March 6, 2015

RICKPAC: HIRES VETERAN SOUTH CAROLINA OPERATIVES

Next week, Governor Rick Perry will make his second trip of 2015 to South Carolina to meet with supporters and activists within the state. In addition to his visit, Governor Perry’s leadership PAC, RickPAC, is proud to announce the hiring of a veteran team of South Carolina advisors.

From RickPAC


March 6, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: NAMED HONORARY STARTER FOR PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE

Texas State Representative Ron Simmons will be the Honorary Starter of the Pirelli World Challenge races on Saturday, March 7th, at the Circuit of The America. Jason Cherry, Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car driver, arranged for Representative Simmons to attend the races in support of the Autism Society of America (ASA) group.

From Representative Ron Simmons


March 6, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON JANUARY JOB GROWTH NUMBERS

The Texas Workforce Commission today announced the addition of 20,100 jobs in January 2015 and an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent, down from 4.6 percent in December 2014. Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement:

From Office of the Governor


March 6, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: MONGREL GAMING INTERESTS DEBATE PEDIGREE PURITIES

The casino and racetrack industries in Texas each wants a monopoly on slot machines. This feud recently intensified when a horserace advocate denounced the political skullduggery of the “deep pockets” behind “out-of-state casinos.”

From Texans for Public Justice


March 6, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: FILES VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION; REFLECTS ON TOMORROW'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF "BLOODY SUNDAY"

Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) releases the following statement regarding tomorrow's 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," part of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama: "'Bloody Sunday' played a pivotal role in the long and painful struggle for civil rights and equal opportunities for all Americans," said Senator Ellis.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


March 6, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DEWAYNE BURNS: JOINS LAWMAKERS TO PASS STRONGER BORDER, SAFER TEXAS ACT

Rep. DeWayne Burns and a bipartisan group of Texas House members this week called for passage of House Bill 11, the Stronger Border, Safer Texas Act, because it will strengthen border security and help law enforcement stop border-related crime wherever it occurs across the state.

From Representative DeWayne Burns


March 6, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK MAKES A STATEMENT ON MISREPRESENTATION BY OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

"I applaud today's quick legal action by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to ask a Federal Judge to grant Discovery to Investigate what appears to be untruths, or outright lies, by the Obama Administration.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 6, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: CALLS ON TEXAS LEGISLATURE TO SUPPORT SMART, STATEWIDE REGULATION OF RIDESHARING

The following statement on House Bill 2440 (Rep. Chris Paddie) that addresses statewide regulation of ridesharing should be attributed to Bill Hammond, CEO of the Texas Association of Business.

From Texas Association of Business


March 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON TEXAS' MOTION FOR DISCOVERY

Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement regarding Attorney General Ken Paxton’s decision to file a motion for discovery after the Obama Administration granted thousands of work permits to undocumented immigrants, contrary to what was presented in U.S. Federal Court:

From Office of the Governor


March 5, 2015

INSURANCE COUNCIL OF TEXAS: ICT SEMINARS TO FOCUS ON INCOME BENEFITS CALCULATION ERRORS

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) will host seminars in Austin and Dallas in April on the latest developments impacting the Texas workers’ compensation system.

From Insurance Council of Texas


March 5, 2015

CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS OF TEXAS: ALABAMA SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE ROY S. MOORE TO ADDRESS DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE AMENDMENT RALLY AT THE TEXAS CAPITOL

Conservative Republicans of Texas, Campaign for Texas Families, and other conservative organizations and leaders will sponsor a Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm.

From Conservative Republicans of Texas


March 5, 2015

TMA PRACTICEEDGE: NAMES NEW ADMINISTRATOR

TMA PracticeEdge, the new physician services organization launched by the Texas Medical Association (TMA), has named Dave Spalding as its chief operating officer.

From TMA PracticeEdge


March 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON ASKS FEDERAL JUDGE FOR DISCOVERY TO INVESTIGATE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MISREPRESENTATION

The Texas Attorney General's Office today filed a motion for discovery after the Obama Administration admitted that tens of thousands of expanded work permits have already been issued to illegal immigrants, in contradiction to the facts the administration presented in U.S. federal court.

From Office of the Attorney General


March 5, 2015

NATHAN ALONZO CAMPAIGN: ALONZO ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR HD 124

Nathan Alonzo, lifelong union member and 32-year veteran of the San Antonio Fire Department, today announced his candidacy for the vacated House District 124 seat in the Texas House of Representatives. "I've been involved in public service in one way or another my entire career," remarked Alonzo.

From Nathan Alonzo Campaign


March 5, 2015

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: SENATOR BURTON EXPLAINS HER VOTE ON UT REGENTS

Senator Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) released the following statement in response to questions about today's Senate Nominations Committee. "Today I voted against two nominees to the University of Texas Board of Regents, Steven Hicks and David Beck.

From Konni Burton Campaign


March 5, 2015

TEXAS COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY: TEXAS FAITH LEADERS GATHER AT STATE CAPITOL TO CALL FOR REPEAL OF THE DEATH PENALTY

On Monday, March 9, 2015, faith leaders from across Texas will gather for a press conference on the South Steps of the State Capitol in Austin to release an Interfaith Statement of Opposition to the Death Penalty.

From Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty


March 5, 2015

TEXAS COALITION FOR AFFORDABLE INSURANCE SOLUTIONS: TESTIFIES IN FAVOR OF STATEWIDE TEXTING-WHILE-DRIVING BAN

Texas’ major auto insurance companies continue to support proposed legislation to prohibit texting while driving statewide as an obvious, proven step to prevent accidents and deaths on Texas’ increasingly crowded roadways.

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions


March 5, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: HELPS PASS MAJOR TRANSPORTATION BILL IN THE TEXAS SENATE

State Senator Van Taylor today helped pass SJR 5, which will constitutionally dedicate a portion of the existing sales tax on new and used automobiles to the State Highway Fund. A co-author of the legislation and member of the Transportation Committee, Taylor has been an enthusiastic supporter of ending diversions with the budgeting process and dedicating a predictable and reliable funding stream for transportation.

From Senator Van Taylor


March 5, 2015

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: TEXAS NURSING HOME PROVIDERS WORKING TO ELEVATE QUALITY OF CARE APPEAL TO LEGISLATORS TO FIX $343 MILLION MEDICAID SHORTFALL

Texas nursing home providers are calling on state legislators to fully fund the Medicaid rate for eldercare--a, $343 million gap, according to the state’s own numbers. Texas consistently ranks near the bottom of the fifty states in Medicaid funding for skilled nursing care.

From Texas Health Care Association


March 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SETS EMERGENCY SPECIAL ELECTION FOR HD-124

Governor Greg Abbott today set an emergency special election for Tuesday, March 31, 2015, to fill the House District 124 seat recently vacated by Senator José Menéndez. The early voting period for the runoff election will be held from March 23, 2015 to March 27, 2015. The individual elected will serve the remainder of the current term.

From Office of the Governor


March 5, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CULBERSON: STATEMENT ON NASA BUDGET HEARING

Congressman John Culberson (TX-07), Chairman of the Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee today issued the following statement after chairing a budget oversight hearing of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):

From Representative John Culberson


March 5, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TAN PARKER: FILES LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Today Representative Tan Parker filed four bills designed to combat human trafficking in Texas. In presenting his legislation, Parker emphasized the need for the Legislature to address what is becoming a growing problem in Texas.

From Representative Tan Parker


March 5, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS ARTICLE III EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE FUNDS KEY ITEMS FOR EL PASO

Today the House Appropriations Article III Education Subcommittee adopted priority education funding for El Paso. This is the first step in funding these items. The Subcommittee recommendations will be presented to the full Appropriations Committee and subsequently to the House floor.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


March 4, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: TASKED WITH LEADING UP HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES BUDGET IN TEXAS SENATE

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) was selected by Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) to spearhead the Senate Finance Committee's health and human services budget for the 84th Legislative Session.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


March 4, 2015

MOVE TEXAS FORWARD: STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF SB5 AND SJR5

This afternoon the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 5 and Senate Joint Resolution 5; a legislative package that will dedicate a portion of the motor vehicle sales tax to road funding. The following statement on the passage of this legislation is from Scott Haywood, president of Move Texas Forward.

From Move Texas Forward


March 4, 2015

LOWER COLORADO RIVER BASIN COALITION: CALLS FOR MORE CONSERVATION AS AG WATER IS CUT OFF FOR 4TH STRAIGHT YEAR

The Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition called for more aggressive water conservation and drought management as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved on March 4 a cutoff of water for agriculture and the environment for a fourth straight year.

From Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition


March 4, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: SENATORS CREIGHTON AND TAYLOR AUTHOR LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN SCHOOLS AND EMPOWER PARENTS

Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) issued the following statement regarding Senate Bill 14, the Parent Empowerment Bill. S.B. 14 allows parents of children in a failing school to petition for the reconstitution, repurposing, alternative management, or closure of low-performing public campuses after two years instead of the current statute of five years.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


March 4, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: UT BOARD OF REGENTS INTERVIEWS CANDIDATES FOR UT AUSTIN PRESIDENCY

The University of Texas System Board of Regents and Chancellor William H. McRaven met today to interview candidates to succeed William C. Powers as president of The University of Texas at Austin. Powers will step down in June after serving a nine-year tenure.

From The University of Texas System


March 4, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON SB 5, THE TRANSPORTATION BILL

State Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement on SJR 5/SB 5, the constitutional amendment and transportation funding bill, respectively, which together would allow for a public vote to dedicate a funding source for roads:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 4, 2015

TONY TINDERHOLT CAMPAIGN: REPRESENTATIVE TINDERHOLT FILES HB 2054 TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN TEXAS

This past Friday, Representative Tinderholt filed HB 2054, which will increase the penalties for human trafficking in this state. According to the National Human Trafficking Center, Texas is the second most trafficked state in our nation and Houston ranks as the No.1 city for profits from these exploitations.

From Tony Tinderholt Campaign


March 4, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TURNER: LEGISLATURE MUST ACT ON HEALTH INSURANCE TO PROTECT MORE THAN 1 MILLION TEXANS

Today, State Representative Chris Turner held a press conference at the Texas Capitol, and was joined by Texas Hospital Association President/CEO Ted Shaw and Texans in danger of losing their tax credits if the United States Supreme Court decides in the plaintiffs' favor in the King v. Burwell case.

From Representative Chris Turner


March 4, 2015

SENATOR ROBERT NICHOLS: 'DOUBLE NICHOLS' PASSES IN THE TEXAS SENATE

Today, the Texas Senate approved Senator Robert Nichols' (R-Jacksonville) Senate Bill 5 and Senate Joint Resolution 5, which will constitutionally dedicate a portion of the existing sales tax on new and used automobiles to the State Highway Fund.

From Senator Robert Nichols


March 4, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: ON HIS VOTE AGAINST SB 5/SJR 5

Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement regarding his vote against SB 5 and SJR 5: "Infrastructure investment is key to creating good paying jobs and ensuring Texas remains competitive in the 21st century economy," said Senator Ellis.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


March 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK APPLAUDS SENATE FOR IMMEDIATELY ADDRESSING GOVERNOR ABBOTT'S TRANSPORTATION EMERGENCY ITEM

Today, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick addressed the swift work Senator Robert Nichols and the Senate have accomplished on one of Governor Abbott's emergency items: transportation.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 4, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: GEORGE P. BUSH WELCOMES NEW ALAMO ENDOWMENT BOARD

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush yesterday afternoon chaired the first meeting of a reconstituted Alamo Endowment Board, promising to turn the nonprofit into a fundraising powerhouse for Alamo preservation efforts.

From Texas General Land Office


March 4, 2015

PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS: HOUSEHOLDS TARGETED IN ENERGY-SAVING SCAM

The Public Utility Commission (PUC) is alerting electric customers to an illegal, unauthorized and inaccurate notice that has been sent to Texas households. The attached falsified letter states it is from the PUC.

From Public Utility Commission of Texas


March 4, 2015

PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS: HOUSEHOLDS TARGETED IN ENERGY-SAVING SCAM

The Public Utility Commission (PUC) is alerting electric customers to an illegal, unauthorized and inaccurate notice that has been sent to Texas households. The attached falsified letter states it is from the PUC.

From Public Utility Commission of Texas


March 4, 2015

SENATOR JOAN HUFFMAN: FILES BILL TO REFORM PUBLIC INTEGRITY UNIT

Senator Joan Huffman, R-Houston, today filed legislation to address the longstanding issues surrounding the state-funded Public Integrity Unit, a division of the Travis County District Attorney's Office charged with investigating alleged public corruption, insurance fraud, and motor fuels tax fraud throughout Texas.

From Senator Joan Huffman


March 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON KING V. BURWELL

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement regarding oral arguments heard before the United States Supreme Court today in King v. Burwell: “Obamacare has been fundamentally flawed from the very beginning, causing millions to lose their health plans and increasing costs for patients, doctors and businesses.

From Office of the Attorney General


March 4, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: JOINS LT. GOVERNOR PATRICK, SENATOR NELSON AND SENATOR ELTIFE TO ANNOUNCE "BOLD PROPOSALS" FOR TAX-RELIEF AND DEBT-RELIEF

Today, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was joined by Lt. Governor Patrick, Senator Nelson, Chair of Senate Finance, and Senator Eltife to announce the filing of two bills by Senator Hinojosa. Senator Hinojosa filed Senate Joint Resolution (S.J.R.) 4 and Senate Bill (S.B.) 16 to except appropriations for debt service from the constitutional spending limit.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


March 4, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: BILL WILL PROTECT TEXANS FROM SUBSIDIZING ABORTIONS IN THEIR INSURANCE PREMIUMS

Stalwart Pro-Lifers and past honorees of Texas Right to Life, Representative John Smithee (R-Amarillo) and Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), have introduced important legislation to protect Texans from paying for abortion through their health insurance.

From Texas Right to Life


March 4, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENT

The following statement is from Bill Hammond, CEO, Texas Association of Business. "The Senate plan to have money used for tax cuts and to reduce state debt not count against the state spending cap is one that is badly needed," said Bill Hammond, CEO, Texas Association of Business.

From Texas Association of Business


March 4, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: FILES BILL TO MAKE TAX RELIEF NOT SUBJECT TO SPENDING LIMIT

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed SB 15 and SJR 3, amending the Texas Constitution so that tax relief is no longer subject to the spending limit. Currently, under Article VIII of the Texas Constitution, any appropriation that is not dedicated by the Constitution is subject to the spending cap.

From Senator Jane Nelson


March 4, 2015

TEXAS NURSE PRACTITIONERS: TEXAS LAWMAKERS FILE BILLS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE IN TEXAS

With the filing last week of Senate Bill 751 and House Bill 1885, Texas legislators are laying the foundation to improve access to health care in Texas by making it easier for health care professionals to work together to deliver much needed primary care services.

From Texas Nurse Practitioners


March 4, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: SENATORS RODRIGUEZ AND BURTON FILE SB 751 TO PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED ACCESS TO PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

State Senators José Rodríguez (D-El Paso) and Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) have filed SB 751, which is aimed at improving access to health care by making it easier for health care professionals to work together to deliver much needed primary care services.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 4, 2015

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: DESPITE SOME GAINS, 25% OF TEXAS KIDS LIVE IN POVERTY

One in four Texas children lives in poverty, threatening their potential and the state's continued prosperity. According to State of Texas Children 2015, a new Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) report released today, slight improvements in health care and school nutrition don’t compensate for inadequate investments in education and child protection.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


March 4, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT: HONORS THE LATE SAMANTHA DEAN, KYLE PD VICTIM SERVICE COORDINATOR

The news of Samantha Dean’s untimely death devastated many in the anti-sexual violence movement in Texas. Samantha was an active member of TAASA’s Diversity Task Force; whose mission is to ensure survivors from marginalized communities receive effective advocacy services.

From Texas Association Against Sexual Assault


March 4, 2015

SENATOR LARRY TAYLOR: FILES BILL OVERHAULING TEXAS COASTAL WINDSTORM INSURER

Today, Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) filed S.B. 900, the third and final bill to ensure coastal property owners have access to affordable and available windstorm insurance coverage. Representative Greg Bonnen (R-Friendswood) filed the companion legislation in the Texas House, H.B. 2245.

From Senator Larry Taylor


March 4, 2015

TEXAS DPS: STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FORMER DIRECTOR DUDLEY THOMAS

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today issued the following statement regarding the passing of former DPS Director Dudley Thomas, 76, who died today in Webster, Texas:

From Texas DPS


March 4, 2015

EMPOWER TEXANS: STATEMENT ON NEW DENTON RULING

Finding no evidence that the judge of the 158th District Court in Denton County had shown bias in his ruling in the dispute between the Texas Ethics Commission and Michael Quinn Sullivan, a visiting senior judge nonetheless reassigned the case from Judge Steve Burgess “to protect the image of judges as a whole.”

From Empower Texans


March 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON RESPONDS TO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION REQUEST TO STAY EXECUTIVE AMNESTY RULING

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a response with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Brownsville opposing the Obama Administration’s motion to stay the court’s ruling on the President’s executive action on immigration.

From Office of the Attorney General


March 3, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT VISITS MIDLAND, TOURS RALPH WALDO EMERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Governor Greg Abbott visited Midland today as part of his State of the State tour, where he toured Midland ISD's Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary, meeting with the school's Superintendent and Principal as well as teachers and students in several classrooms.

From Office of the Governor


March 3, 2015

THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM: TEXAS SENATE APPROVES APPOINTMENTS TO THE A&M SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS

The Texas Senate today approved the appointment of two new individuals to The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, and reappointed Phil Adams, for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2021. New members William “Bill” Mahomes, Jr. of Dallas and Robert L. “Bob” Albritton of Fort Worth will replace outgoing regents John D. White of Houston and Jim Schwertner of Austin.

From The Texas A&M University System


March 3, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: INTRODUCES THE HEALTH CARE CHOICE ACT

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced the Health Care Choice Act, which would remove Obamacare’s costly insurance mandates and allow residents in one state the option to purchase a health insurance plan of their choice in any other state.

From Senator Ted Cruz


March 3, 2015

SENATOR BOB HALL: SECURING THE TEXAS ELECTRICAL GRID

Last week in my “Texas Deserves a Secure Electrical Grid” article, I provided information about the well-established, real and present danger of the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) threat.

From Senator Bob Hall


March 3, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ANDREW MURR: FILES LEGISLATION TO RELOCATE THE PUBLIC INTEGRITY UNIT

oday, State Representative Andrew Murr (House District 53) filed a comprehensive bill to relocate the duties and responsibilities of the Public Integrity Unit, currently housed within the Travis County District Attorney's Office, to strengthen ethics enforcement in Texas.

From Representative Andrew Murr


March 3, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: FILES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BILLS TO ENCOURAGE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT

Senator José Rodríguez and Representatives Joe Pickett, Marisa Márquez, and Cesar Blanco have filed three pieces of legislation designed to encourage development in Downtown El Paso.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 3, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: BACKS ORAL HEALTH ACCESS AND JOB CREATOR LEGISLATION

The Texas Association of Business thanks Senators José Rodríguez (D-El Paso) and Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), and Representatives Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston), Dan Flynn (R-Canton) and John Raney (R-Bryan) for introducing legislation (SB 787 and HB 1940) that would create a new workforce, Dental Hygiene Practitioners.

From Texas Association of Business


March 3, 2015

SENATOR LARRY TAYLOR: LT. GOVERNOR PATRICK, SEN. LARRY TAYLOR INTRODUCE PRIORITY EDUCATION LEGISLATION

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), stood together with members of the Texas State Senate to discuss their vision of innovation and transformation for Texas education.

From Senator Larry Taylor


March 3, 2015

TEXANS FOR EDUCATION REFORM: STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF SENATE EDUCATION REFORM PACKAGE

The Board of Directors of Texans for Education Reform issued the following statements today in support of the package of bi-partisan backed education reform bills announced by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor.

From Texans for Education Reform


March 3, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: RECEIVES THE "LEADERSHIP AWARD" FROM THE TEXAS ALLIANCE OF BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

The Texas Alliance of Boys & Girls Club in Austin, Texas, named State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa as the inaugural recipient of the biannual Leadership Award. Mary McRoberts, Executive Director of the Texas Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, said this award was well deserved.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


March 3, 2015

TEXAS STATE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: SENATE EDUCATION PLAN MISSES THE MARK

Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria released the following statement on the package of education bills proposed today by Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick:

From Texas State Teachers Association


March 3, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES PERRY: FILES EDUCATION REFORM LEGISLATION

Today, Senator Charles Perry filed SB 13 to improve access to college courses in high school and encourage career and college exploration in middle school. The announcement of this bill occurred earlier today at an education press conference with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor.

From Senator Charles Perry


March 3, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: RECLAIMS BROWN URANIUM MINE SITE IN KARNES COUNTY

The Railroad Commission of Texas announced today the completion of the Brown Abandoned Uranium Mine Reclamation Project in Karnes County. The Brown abandoned mine is one of 32 mine sites in Karnes, Atascosa and Live Oak counties.

From Texas Railroad Commission


March 3, 2015

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON CULTURE, RECREATION & TOURISM: WHERE THE SUN DOES SHINE

Members of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission are calling on the Texas Legislature to end the diversion of the sporting goods sales tax revenue and to fully fund the Texas State Parks system.

From House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism


March 3, 2015

SENATOR KEL SELIGER: FILES BILLS TO ENHANCE TEACHER DEVELOPMENT

Today, State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) filed Senate Bills 892 and 893 - two bills that will enhance the preparation, readiness and effectiveness of teachers. SB 892 recognizes that high-quality educator preparation programs are of critical importance in balancing teacher shortages with teacher preparation.

From Senator Kel Seliger


March 3, 2015

TEXAS IMPACT: STATEMENT ON SENATE LEADERSHIP MEDICAID LETTER

In response to Lt. Governor Patrick’s letter asking federal officials for flexibility to increase burdens on current Texas Medicaid recipients, Texas Impact issued the following statement:

From Texas Impact


March 3, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DAVID SIMPSON: BILL TO END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION IN TEXAS FILED ON TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY

Today Representative David Simpson (R-Longview) filed House Bill 2165 to strike all references to marijuana offenses from the Texas statutes. This represents a comprehensive repeal of marijuana prohibition in Texas.

From Representative David Simpson


March 3, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: JOINS FELLOW SENATE REPUBLICANS IN STANDING AGAINST MEDICAID EXPANSION

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) issued the following statement regarding a joint letter to President Barack Obama signed by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Senator Brandon Creighton and fellow members of the Senate Republican Caucus standing united against Medicaid expansion.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


March 3, 2015

JONATHAN STICKLAND CAMPAIGN: STICKLAND REQUESTS COMMITTEE HEARING FOR HB 195

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (Bedford) today filed a committee hearing request for his open carry legislation HB 195. This bill, which has been championed by multiple gun rights organizations in Texas, would restore the 2nd amendment rights of every Texan.

From Jonathan Stickland Campaign


March 2, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JEFF LEACH: FILES LEGISLATION ENSURING UNIFORMITY IN STATE LAW & PROTECTING CITIZENS & BUSINESS OWNERS

Representative Jeff Leach has filed House Bill 1911, legislation aimed at curbing state agencies, cities and other political subdivisions from enacting policies, laws or ordinances that needlessly create an undue burden for business owners and recklessly infringe on the rights of Texans.

From Representative Jeff Leach


March 2, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: COMMISSIONER GEORGE P. BUSH STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FORMER COMMISSIONER BOB ARMSTRONG

Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush issued the following statement on the passing of former Land Commissioner Bob Armstrong: "I am saddened to hear about the passing of Bob Armstrong and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

From Texas General Land Office


March 2, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: CITING INDEPENDENCE FOR ALL TEXANS, SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ FILES SENATE BILL 856

On the 179th anniversary of Texas Independence Day, Senator José Rodríguez (D-El Paso) filed Senate Bill 856, a bill that would prohibit discrimination in the areas of employment, public accommodation, housing, and state contracting based upon sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 2, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE OSCAR LONGORIA: BONNEN, LONGORIA, THOMPSON FILE "STRONGER BORDER, SAFER TEXAS" BILLS

Recognizing that the consequences of an unsecure border affect communities across Texas, Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) today filed House Bill 11, the Stronger Border, Safer Texas Act, to help law enforcement stop border-related crime wherever it occurs.

From Representative Oscar Longoria


March 2, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS DENOUNCE REPUBLICAN MEDICAID EXPANSION INACTION

Today, Republicans state senators and Lieutenant Governor Patrick sent a letter to the White House demanding several new requirements for changes to the state’s Medicaid program. Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal Kay Perkins issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


March 2, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLANS: CARE IN TEXAS MORE AFFORDABLE UNDER MEDICAID MANAGED CARE

To provide perspective on today's announcement by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown), on the ongoing financial challenges presented by the Affordable Care Act, the Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) shared findings from two studies showing the positive impact of the Medicaid managed care approach in Texas.

From Texas Association of Health Plans


March 2, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ACCEPTS SITE SELECTION'S GOVERNOR'S CUP ON BEHALF OF STATE OF TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott today accepted the 2014 Governor's Cup, an award given annually by Site Selection Magazine to recognize the top performing state for capital investment attraction in a season that lasts all year.

From Office of the Governor


March 2, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: LT. GOVERNOR PATRICK, SENATOR SCHWERTNER, AND SENATE REPUBLICANS TAKE A STAND AGAINST MEDICAID EXPANSION IN TEXAS

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), and members of the Senate Republican Caucus held a press conference to discuss the rapidly-growing cost of Texas Medicaid, and make it clear that without flexibility to reform the state's existing Medicaid program, any discussion of Medicaid expansion is a non-starter in the Texas Senate.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


March 2, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS MOURN THE PASSING OF THE HONORABLE ROBERT ARMSTRONG

Last night, former Texas Land Commissioner Robert Armstrong passed away. Armstrong served in the Texas Legislature for eight years before being elected as Land Commissioner. Later, he was appointed by Governor White to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

From Texas Democratic Party


March 2, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TURNER: STATEMENT ON SENATE REPUBLICANS' MEDICAID PROPOSAL

Today, State Representative Chris Turner (HD - 101; Grand Prairie) released the following statement in response to the Senate Republican Caucus' Medicaid proposal: "With one in four Texans uninsured, today's proposal would make a bad situation even worse.

From Representative Chris Turner


March 2, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON: PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SCAMMERS

National Consumer Protection Week, runs March 1-7, and Texans are encouraged to protect themselves from scammers by learning more about the tactics and tricks that scammers use to defraud people from their hard-earned dollars.

From Office of the Attorney General


March 2, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: RESPONDS TO LT. GOVERNOR PATRICK'S MEDICAID PROPOSAL

Today Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-147) released the following statement in response to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Sen. Charles Schwertner's Medicaid proposal: "A good way to judge the seriousness of a proposal is to look at its content -- and health savings accounts for children are among the many ridiculous ideas suggested in this one.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


March 2, 2015

PROGRESS TEXAS: TEXAS REPUBLICANS ASK FOR FLEXIBILITY WITH HEALTH CARE DOLLARS DESPITE MASSIVE HEALTH CONTRACT SCANDALS

At a press conference in the Texas Capitol today, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Chairman Charles Schwertner will announce a letter they are sending to President Obama. In the letter, they claim they should be allowed more flexibility to manage the state’s Medicaid program because, “we have proven ourselves to be reliable stewards of state and federal funds."

From Progress Texas


March 2, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS: SET TO HOST RALLY DAY AT THE CAPITOL

The Texas Association of Builders is set to host its 16th bi-annual Legislative Rally Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. More than 23 of TAB’s 28 local home builders associations will be represented in Austin as members ­visit with legislators about issues facing Texas’ residential construction and development industry.

From Texas Association of Builders


March 2, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE: FILES LEGISLATION TO PROMOTE ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES FOR CAPITAL APPRECIATION BONDS

Today State Representative Tony Dale filed House Bill 2099 to address the unrestricted use of Capital Appreciation Bonds (CABs) by school districts or other political subdivisions.

From Representative Tony Dale


March 2, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: FILES 5 BILLS TO ASSIST TEXAS VETERANS

State Senator Donna Campbell, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, introduced five bills to address the needs of Texas veterans. The bills will help veterans receive higher education credits, remove barriers to the workforce, qualify for expedited mental health care, and improve employment opportunities at state agencies.

From Senator Donna Campbell


February 27, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TOM CRADDICK: HOUSE BILL 80 COMMITTEE HEARING SCHEDULED

Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) was notified by the House Committee on Transportation that House Bill 80, the Alex Brown Memorial Act, a bill relating to a statewide ban on texting while driving, will be heard in the committee meeting Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. in Capitol Extension Room E2.012.

From Representative Tom Craddick


February 27, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ED THOMPSON: APPLAUDS TXDOT CONTRACT APPROVAL OF SH 288 CONSTRUCTION

Representative Ed Thompson, joined by Brazoria County and Pearland elected officials and residents, attended the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Commission meeting regarding construction along Texas State Highway 288. Texas Transportation Commissioners approved a contract between TxDOT and Blueridge Transportation Group

From Representative Ed Thompson


February 27, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: ANNOUNCES 2014-2015 ACCREDITATION STATUSES

The Texas Education Agency today released accreditation statuses for school districts and charters across the state.

From Texas Education Agency


February 27, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DEWAYNE BURNS: SUPPORTS FULLY FUNDING HEALTH INSURANCE FOR RETIRED TEACHERS

In response to growing concerns over whether Texas’ retired teachers would continue to receive healthcare benefits as they have for the last few decades, Texas State Representative DeWayne Burns (Cleburne), joined House Appropriations Committee Chairman, John Otto (Dayton) in committing to fully fund TRS-Care for the 2016-17 biennium.

From Representative DeWayne Burns


February 27, 2015

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: JENN BROWN TO THE TEXAS STANDARD: WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE BRINGING NEW PEOPLE INTO THE POLITICAL PROCESS

On Battleground Texas’ second birthday, Executive Director Jenn Brown sat down with radio show The Texas Standard to talk about the grassroots organization’s future plans and lessons learned from the 2014 election cycle.

From Battleground Texas


February 27, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: SENATORS RODRIGUEZ AND ELTIFE FILE SB 787 TO PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED ACCESS TO DENTAL CARE

Late yesterday, state Senators José Rodríguez (D-El Paso) and Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) introduced Senate Bill 787 to improve much-needed access to dental care, create middle-class jobs, and reduce health costs for Texas families and seniors.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


February 27, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MATT KRAUSE: FILES UNBORN CHILD DUE PROCESS ACT

Yesterday, Rep. Matt Krause filed H.B. 1901, which would amend the law on withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from pregnant patients and provide a guardian ad litem for unborn children whose mother is unconscious and unresponsive.

From Representative Matt Krause